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Lochmaddy is North Uist Island's administrative center and only cruise and ferry port. The island is part of Scotland's Outer Hebrides (aka Western Isles) - an archipelago located west of mainland Scotland. Isle of North Uist's total land area is approx 300 km2 (117 mi2) and has population under 1,500. As facilities, the village has bank, courthouse, tourist info office, youth hostel.
The village Lochmaldie (translated as "Loch of the Hounds") was established in the late-16th-century. It is located on a sea loch and due to the island's rocky coastline, this is the only settlement on its east coast. Most of North Uist's villages are on the west coast. Lochmaddy is connected via 2 main roads - A865 and A867.
North Uist and South Uist are Outer Hebrides' two main/largest islands. They are linked by causeways (via Benbecula and Grimsay). The archipelago also includes the inhabited islands Èirisgeigh, Uibhist a Deas, Grimsay, Benbecula), Flodaigh, Fraoch-eilean, Uibhist a Tuath, Baleshare, and Berneray.
In the past centuries, Lochmaddy Harbour used to be an important port serving the commercial herring fishing. Today, Lochmaddy is North Uist's ferry port. Regularly-scheduled crossings (by the CalMac-operated ship MV Hebrides) link North Uist with Isle of Skye (Uig). The 1851-founded CalMac (Caledonian MacBrayne) is the main/largest company operating car and passenger ferries between mainland Scotland and 22 of the major Scottish islands off country's west coast. In 2006, CalMac Ferries Ltd became a subsidiary of David MacBrayne Ltd (state-owned/by the Scottish Government).
As cruise port, Lochmaddy was visited in 2019 by the ship Hebridean Princess as part of a 7-day "The Atlantic Isles to the Bishop’s Isles" Scotland cruise roundtrip from homeport Oban. Prices started from ~USD 4800 pp (double-occupancy cabin rates).
|Date / Time||Port|
|27 Aug||Departing from Oban|
|28 Aug||Isle of Gigha|
|29 Aug||West Loch Tarbert, Argyll|
|30 Aug||Isle of Iona|
|31 Aug||Isle of Barra, Castlebay|
|01 Sep||Lochmaddy, North Uist|
|02 Sep||Isle of Canna|
|03 Sep||Arriving in Oban|
Lochmaddy cruise terminal
Lochmaddy Port serves the daily scheduled ferry connections between North Uist and Isle of Skye (Lochmaddy-Uig) and also to mainland Scotland (Tarbert).
Ferry terminal's opening hours during Winter are:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - from 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesdays and Thursdays - from 6:30 am to 5 pm
- Saturdays - from 6:30 am to 4:45 pm
- Sundays - from 9:30 am to 12-noon, and 3 to 5 pm
Ferry terminal's opening hours during Summer are:
- Mondays and Wednesdays - from 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesdays and Thursdays - from 6:15 am to 5 pm
- Fridays - from 9 am to 5 pm, and 7 to 9 pm (June 21 through September 8)
- Saturdays - from 6:15 am to 5 pm
- Sundays - from 9:30 am to 12-noon, and 7 to 9 pm
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