South Uist

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South Uist
Gaelic nameUibhist-a-Deas
Meaning of nameFrom 'inni-vist', Old Norse for 'dwelling'.
OS grid reference25
Physical geography
Island groupUists & Barra
Area32,026 ha
Area rank9 [1]
Highest elevationBeinn Mhor 620 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaNa h-Eileanan Siar
Population rank9 [1]
Largest settlementLochboisdale

South Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist-a-Deas) is an island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. In the 2001 census it had a usually resident population of 1,818. There is a nature reserve and a number of sites of archaeological interest, including the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. The population is about 90% Roman Catholic. The island, in common with the rest of the Hebrides, is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland. In 2006 South Uist, and neighbouring Benbecula and Eriskay were involved in Scotland's biggest community land buyout to date. In the north west there is a missile testing range.

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  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. 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  3. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  4. The Chronicles of Mann. Manx Society. Vol XXII, Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  5. Germanic Lexicon Project Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  6. Ordnance Survey