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North Uist

OS grid reference: NF835697
Coordinates: 57°36′00″N 7°19′59″W / 57.6°N 7.333°W / 57.6; -7.333Coordinates: 57°36′00″N 7°19′59″W / 57.6°N 7.333°W / 57.6; -7.333
Gaelic name: Loudspeaker.png Uibhist a Tuath (info • help)
Meaning of name: From "inni-vist", Old Norse for "dwelling"
Area and Summit
Area: 30,305 hectares (117 sq mi)
Area rank (Scottish islands): 10
Highest elevation: Eaval 1,138 ft (347 m)
Population (2001): 1,271
Population rank (inhabited Scottish islands): 11 out of 97
Main settlement: Lochmaddy
Island Group: Uists and Barra
Local Authority: Na h-Eileanan Siar
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References: [1][2][3][4][5]

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,[1] and the thirteenth largest island surrounding Great Britain. It has an area of 117 square miles (303 km2),[2] 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.[6] The northern part of the island is part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. 2.0 2.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004.The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate.

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  3. Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map [map].
  4. Munch & Goss, ed. (1874). "The Chronicles of Mann vol 22.". Isle of Man: Manx Society. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 
  5. Geir T. Zoëga (1910). "A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic". Germanic Lexicon Project. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
  6. Murray and Pullar (1908) "Lochs of North Uist" Pages 188-89, Volume II, Part II. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  7. "National Scenic Areas". SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.