North Uist is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with a population of 1,254. It is the tenth largest Scottish island. With the exception of the south east, the island is mainly flat and covered with a patchwork of peat bogs, low hills and lochans with more than half the island being under water.
The main settlement is the fishing port of Lochmaddy which boasts an arts centre, museum and a camera obscura. There are daily ferries to Uig on Skye from Lochmaddy. North Uist is connected to Berneray, Baleshare and Benbecula by causeways.
As the island is well known for it’s birdlife, the RSPB have a nature reserve at Balranald.
Am Paipear – The Uists Community Newspaper
Hebridean Housing Partnership manages the social housing stock on the Isle of North Uist. It is a not-for-profit housing association that manages over 2000 properties in the Western Isles. If you would like more information on HHP and social housing on North Uist, or you are looking for a housing application form, please visit their website.
For an overview of the number of HHP properties on North Uist, click here.
PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING & HOUSING FOR SALE
Most housing on North Uist is privately owned. There are a limited number of houses sold every year and there is often strong demand increasing local house prices.
The Scottish Government promotes initiatives to help first time buyers, but some like the Help to Buy scheme and the MI New Home initiatives are mainly available for new build housing in locations outside of the Hebrides.
Open Market LIFT may be accessible, however access to financial support is currently limited and house price thresholds are low. In North Uist, the low threshold means there are few if any houses coming on the market where Open Market LIFT would be relevant. Many islands also have few house sales limiting this option – it is not available for self build.
Islanders may also be able to get help to buy through the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
Information on properties available for rent and sale can be found at the following locations:
“The Local Housing Agency”