Sites of Interest

There are many sites on Uist and Benbecula that give us an insight into the history of the islands and are worth a visit during your stay.

Giant Macaskill Monument – Berneray:

Located at the southern end of the island there is a monument to one of Berneray’s most notable sons, Giant Macaskill (Aonghas Mor MacAsgaill). Born in Berneray, he spent most of his life in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and he was said to be the world largest giant at a height of 7ft 9in.

Hut of Shadows Camera Obscura

The Hut of Shadows is a camera obscura that projects a live moving image onto the wall using a glass prism. The view takes in the sea beyond the islands that make up the entrance to Lochmaddy. The interior passage leads into a dark chamber where the image can be viewed.

Barpa Langass

Barpa Langass is a chambered cairn that dates back to 4000BC. It measures about 72 feet in diameter by 18 feet in height. It has been dated to the Neolithic age. Around 1911, the cairn was excavated and evidence of burials and pottery, wood ashes, bones and flint arrowheads were found. It can be reached by a footpath from the car park on the A867 about 5 miles southwest of Lochmaddy.

Pobull fhinn Stone Circle

Pobull fhinn stone circle is located to the south of Ben Langass and dates from the second millennium BC. The ring is oval shaped rather than circular and measures 120ft east to west and 93ft north to south. Some of the stones have fallen, but the circle is still visible. The stones can be accessed from Barpa Langass car park.

Teampull na Trionaid

There are references to Teampull na Trionaid having served as a monastery in its early life, and it is believed to have been an important centre of learning in the middle ages. The main church comprises a rectangular building measuring 18.75m by 6.5m, with walls about 1m thick.

Teampull na Trionaid can be accessed from the car park (signed from the A865) There is a path to the site. Please note that during the summer, the site gets very overgrown so wear appropriate clothing!

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