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Uist Gifts

Uist Gifts is slowly building up its online shop and aims to sell Uist branded gifts and clothing.  

A new venture from South Uist

To sell South Uist globally

Based on the beautiful Island of South Uist

The business was formed in 2016

After a protracted campaign South Uist residents took control of the island on 30 November 2006 in Scotland's biggest community land buyout to date. The proposal for community ownership has received the overwhelming support of the people of the islands who look forward to participating in the opportunity to regenerate the local economy, to reverse decline and depopulation, to reduce dependency while remaining aware of the environmental needs, culture and history of the islands. The company name Stòras Uibhist symbolises hope for the future wealth and prosperity of the islands.

South Uist was home to a thriving Neolithic community. The island is covered in archaeological sites including chambered tombs, Beaker sites, a Bronze Age hoard, roundhouses, brochs, cairns, ogham inscriptions, Viking settlements, medieval longhouses and post-medieval industry. Bornish on South Uist was the largest Viking settlement known in Scotland.

South Uist is home to the Askernish Golf Course. The oldest course in the Outer Hebrides, Askernish was designed by Old Tom Morris, who also worked on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Morris had been commissioned by Lady Gordon Cathcart in 1891. The popular summer music school, Ceòlas, takes place on the island every year from the first Sunday of July in Daliburgh School. It is then followed by the local children's summer school, Fèis Tir a'Mhurain.

Tourism is important to the island's economy and attractions include the Kildonan Museum housing the sixteenth century Clanranald Stone and the ruins of the house where Flora MacDonald was born.

The west is machair with a continuous sandy beach whilst the east coast is mountainous with the peaks of Beinn Mhòr (2,034 ft) and Hecla (1,988 ft). The main village on the island is Lochboisdale from which ferries sail to Mallaig and occasionally Oban. The island is also linked to Eriskay (where you can take a ferry to Barra) and Benbecula by causeways.

South Uist has a bedrock of Lewisian Gneiss, high grade regional metamorphism dating back to 2900 million years ago in the Archaean. Some show granulite facies metamorphism, but most are the slightly lower temperature amphibolite facies. These formed part of the Earth’s deep ancient crust, left here when the North Atlantic was formed. These are the oldest rocks in the British Isles today and they have been brought to the surface by tectonic movements. They now bear the scars of the last glaciation which has exposed them.

"South Uist Machair" on the west coast is one of 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland.

Enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquility of the Island.

 

For further info’, see https://www.uistgifts.com/ 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/uistgifts  


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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210