Uig on Skye

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Uig is a Village in the northwest area of the Isle of Skye, 47 miles northwest of the Skye Bridge, 15 miles northwest of Portree. The Village is popular for the Isle of Skye Brewing Company, Uig Pottery, Ferries to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, walk to the Fairy Glen, and short walk to the Falls of Rha on the River Rha.

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The top images are from the road up from the south looking down on Uig Pier and of Uig Tower.

Uig Tower was built in 1860 for the area landowner, Major William Fraser, known for taking part in the Highland Clearances.

The Uig Hotel is situated in the centre of Uig looking down Uig Bay.

Uig Church of Scotland is next to the Uig Hotel, built around 1860.

The Ferry Inn is a short distance past the Church, an 1800s refurbished Inn with restaurant, bar and rooms.

The Ferry Terminal is on the west side of Uig for ferries to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. The crossing takes about 1 hour 40 mins with one or two crossing each way per day.

The Uig Ferry is named MV Hebrides, that entered service in 2001 capable of carrying 90 cars and 612 passengers.

The Isle of Skye Brewing Company is by the Pier. The Brewery opened in 1995 with a shop selling their Beer and Gifts.

The Uig Restaurant & Bar overlooks the Pier.

The Uig Memorial is by the Pier with seating around.

The Uig Tearoom with Caravans is by the Memorial.

Uig Pottery is by the Pier with a wide range of Pottery with Isle of Skye themes.

Just south of the Pier is the Uig Bay Campsite, with pitches for Tents, Tourers, and Caravans.

Uig History

1500s? the area was controlled by Clan MacDonald who owned the Kilmuir Estate.

1812 - the road between Uig and Portree was completed.

1831 - the Uig Hotel was built as a Coaching Inn.

1840 - the Pier was built for Steamers to run between Uig and Tarbert on Harris, and Lochmaddy on North Uist.

1840s? - the Ferry Inn was built.

1855 - Major William Fraser bought Kilmuir Estate by Uig from MacDonald's. Fraser was accused of being involved in the Highland Clearances, forcing Crofters off their land to make way for large scale sheep farming.

1860 - Major William Fraser had the Uig Tower built overlooking Uig, the last people to live in the tower left in the 1960s?

1860 - Uig Church of Scotland was built.

1884 - Fraser attempted to evict a family during a rent strike, leading to a rebellion in the area. The Government sent naval ships to Uig with police and marines tasked with putting down the strike. The family remained in their home with the help of their supporters.

1963 - the new Pier and Terminal were built for a Car Ferry, the second named MV Hebrides.

1985 - the Ferry named MV Hebridean Isles began operating out of Uig capable of carrying 68 cars and 507 passengers.

2001 - the third Ferry to use the name MV Hebrides begins operating out of Uig capable of carrying 90 cars and 612 passengers. Ferries History.



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