This section of the site highlights the huge range of outdoor activities that Uig has on offer. You will find everything from kite surfing, kayaking and climbing, to a range of walks to suit all abilities.
A range of boat trips to suit all tastes are on offer in Uig - from a traditional Hebridean sailing boat, to fast RIB trips, to long distance cruises with full board. Local boats can take you out wildlife watching, diving, sea angling or will even drop you off on your own deserted island for a few hours or longer, to explore on foot or by kayak. For the more adventurous day trips to St. Kilda are also available.
Crystal clear waters giving up to 50m visibility, sandy bays, kelp forests, reefs and pinnacles, numerous wrecks and fantastic sea life - 23 species of cetacean can be spotted - and high energy sites with exciting currents, mean that Uig is very attractive to divers and keen underwater photographers. 40 miles off Uig's coastline, St Kilda is rightfully recognised as one of the world's best diving sites. Boat trips, including specialized diving trips, run from Miavaig harbour in Uig to St Kilda throughout the summer months.
Both Uig & Bernera have become very popular with visiting and local kayakers in recent years. The coastline is a labyrinth of complex bays, inlets, dramatic cliffs secret coves, sandy beaches and offshore islands.... a sea paddler's paradise.
With the finest, cleanest and largest sandy beaches in Europe, unhindered winds, long summer days and some of the most dramatic and unspoilt landscapes in the world, the Hebrides (and Uig in particular) is a dream for kiting and kite surfing. Uig offers the type of scenery and location comparable to the Caribbean, although not quite so warm. With wind speeds that average 12 to 15 knots, the thrill of kite surfing in one of the most unspoilt and remote locations in the British Isles is an experience not to be missed.
With a wide variety of beautiful beaches from white shell sands to pebble shores and almost always empty, Uig is a surfer's paradise. The area is classed as having the most consistent surf in Europe and has some world-class beach and reef breaks. It is important to beware that some beaches have strong currents and rips in certain swells and if you are not experienced you should always check with the local surf shop or coastguard. Never surf alone or on a beach you don't know if you are inexperienced.
When the tide is high, Uig Bay is perfect for safe windsurfing. It can hold a wave on really big swells, but otherwise its shelter from the open sea lends itself to speed sailing.
Uig offers walks to suit everyone - from gentle strolls along white sandy beaches, to treks through the rugged hills. Walks to see stunning panoramas that take in both lochs and offshore islands, or walks to ancient settlements and archaeological sites. You might think you have the whole beach or hill to yourself, but if you look closely you'll see abundant wildlife along the way - maybe even an otter, corncrake, red deer or golden eagle. In Uig, nature is right on your doorstep waiting to be explored...
The roads in Uig are very quiet, but expect a little more traffic in the summer months. There are no steep hills, just gentle undulations, and the roads tend to hug the coast, giving stunning views, and making it a very pleasant area for cycling.
Within Uig, nearly all the roads are single track with passing places. You should take care to listen out for cars behind you, and make use of the passing places to let faster moving vehicles pass safely.
Road signs can be in Gaelic or English, some times interchanging, so it's a good idea to have a good map with you. The Official Tourist map for the islands shows both the Gaelic and English for all island place names
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