South Uist is the second-largest island in the Outer Hebrides and saves its choicest corners for those who explore away from the main north–south road. The low-lying west coast is an almost unbroken stretch of white-sand beach and flower-flecked machair – a waymarked hiking trail, the Hebridean Way, follows the coast – while the multitude of inland lochs provide excellent trout fishing (www.southuistfishing.com). The east coast, riven by four large sea lochs, is hilly and remote, with spectacular Beinn Mhor (620m) the highest point.
Driving south from Benbecula you cross from the predominantly Protestant northern half of the Outer Hebrides into the mostly Roman Catholic south, a religious transition marked by the granite statue of Our Lady of the Isles on the slopes of Rueval and the presence of many roadside shrines.
The ferry port of Lochboisdale is the island’s largest settlement, with a bank, ATM, grocery store and petrol station.