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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, Fairy Glen, and short walk to the Rha Waterfalls on the River Rha.

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The top images right are from the road up from the south looking down on Uig Pier, Ferry 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 on the south side of Uig looking down Uig Bay.

Uig Free Church is next to the Uig Hotel, built around 1845.

Fairy Glen is one and a half miles up Sheader Road that is single lane by the Uig Hotel with a Pay and Display Car park at the Glen, a top attraction on Skye with strange land formations.

The Ferry Inn is in the centre of Uig, an 1800s refurbished Inn with Restaurant, Bar and Rooms.

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

The Rha Waterfalls are where the road to Staffin starts in the centre of Uig, by the Old Police House. Park by the Old Police House, then walk 200 yards west along the Staffin Road to the Rha Bridge. The Falls Path starts at the Bridge, only about 200 yards from there up to the Falls.

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 at 5,500 tons, capable of carrying 90 cars and 612 passengers.

The Uig Ferry Terminal was being enlarged in 2013 so it can take a larger Ferry expected to replace the MV Hebrides in the next few years.

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.

1845 - the Uig Free Church 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.

2024? - a new Ferry is expected to enter service capable of carrying over 130 cars and 1,000 passengers.

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