North Uist

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North Uist
Gaelic name About this sound Uibhist a Tuath 
Meaning of name From "inni-vist", Old Norse for "dwelling"
OS grid reference NF835697
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 30,305 hectares (117 sq mi)
Area rank 10 [1]
Highest elevation Eaval 1,138 ft (347 m)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Population 1,271
Population rank 11 [1]
Largest settlement Lochmaddy
References [2][3][4][5][6]

North Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist a Tuath) is an island and community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish island,[2] and the thirteenth largest island surrounding Great Britain. It has an area of 117 square miles (303 km2),[3] slightly smaller than South Uist. North Uist is connected by causeways to Benbecula via Grimsay, to Berneray, and to Baleshare.

With the exception of the south east, the island is very flat, and covered with a patchwork of peat bogs, low hills and lochs, with more than half the land being covered by water. Some of the lochs contain a mixture of fresh and tidal salt water, giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats.

Loch Sgadabhagh is the largest loch by area on North Uist but Loch Obisary has about twice the volume of water.[7] The northern part of the island is part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004.The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  4. Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map [map].
  5. edited by Munch & Goss (1874). "The Chronicles of Mann vol 22". Isle of Man: Manx Society. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 
  6. Geir T. Zoëga (1910). "A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic". Germanic Lexicon Project. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  7. Murray and Pullar (1908) "Lochs of North Uist" Pages 188-89, Volume II, Part II. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  8. "National Scenic Areas". SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.