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South Uist
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OS grid reference: NF786343
Gaelic name: Uibhist-a-Deas
Meaning of name: From 'inni-vist', Old Norse for 'dwelling'.
Area and Summit
Area: 32,026 ha
Area rank (Scottish islands): 9
Highest elevation: Beinn Mhor 620 m
Population (2001): 1,818
Population rank (inhabited Scottish islands): 9 out of 97
Main settlement: Lochboisdale
Island Group: Uists & Barra
Local Authority: Na h-Eileanan Siar
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References: [1][2][3][4][5]

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.

Other websites


  1. 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  3. The Chronicles of Mann. Manx Society. Vol XXII, Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  4. Germanic Lexicon Project Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  5. Ordnance Survey