Maria MacDonald lives on the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides with her husband and two year old daughter. She works as a part-time tutor and part-time photographer for Island Prints and also owns a self-catering holiday cottage on the island.
How long have you lived here?
I have lived here all my life I grew up on the neighbouring island of Benbecula and moved to South Uist when I met my husband who has a croft on the island.
I have two favourite beaches. One is Cula Bay on Benbecula where we would go as children in the summer holidays. It has huge sand dunes which are great fun for jumping or running down. I also love the beach in Boisdale where there there is the tidal island of Orosay which we as a family enjoy exploring when the tide is out!
Favourite walk would be the old track from North Glendale, South Uist to Bagh Thairteabhagh. It is very remote and the views are fantastic looking out to sea.
Most special time of year
Autumn as the light is great for photography
The one thing that you recommend every tourist should do when visiting your area
Try out all the small cafes dotted around they have tasty cakes and offer a great service to the community and visitors.
Your best wildlife encounter
Sea eagles and golden eagles that fly around near my home quite regularly. They are huge!
Favourite road or drive
Loch Skipport in South Uist this is a great place to go for a “spin” whether it be raining or sunny there is always something to see and the Shetland ponies there are very friendly.
Most loved view
My favourite view is of the South Uist hills Hecla, Ben Mor and Corradale; you can see them from all directions, shoulder to shoulder, and they are instantly recognisable.
Favourite place to eat and or drink
I like going to the Hebridean Jewellery café where you can enjoy a nice ciabatta with a lovely vanilla latte. I always have to browse their giftware and jewellery while there too.
Holiday Scottish Highlands & Islands says…
Thanks, Maria, for your great advice. We’ve experienced a few “pony road blocks” at Loch Skipport and Hebridean Jewellery make some beautiful jewellery and very tasty soup. It’s always good to support local businesses as many of them rely on tourists. A great reason to stop for tea and cake!
Find out more
Taigh Mairi Anndra self-catering holiday cottage
Isle of South Uist
- Ordnance Survey maps with free mobile download – various combinations of Isle of South Uist and neighbouring islands (available from Amazon and Ordnance Survey) or you can create your own personal OS map
- The Outer Hebrides: 40 Coast and Country Walks (Pocket Mountains) – this book covers Barra to Lewis and includes the Isle of South Uist. Read our review of our favourite walk books.
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