South Uist

Tobha Mhor, South Uist

South Uist in the Outer Hebrides had a population of 1,754 in the 2011 census after a 7% decrease since the 2001 census. Around 90% of the population are roman catholic.

The island has a nature reserve as well as a number of sites of archaelogical interest. In fact, South Uist is the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. South Uist Machair is one of only 40 Nation Scenic Areas in Scotland.

The island’s main settlement is Lochboisdale from which ferries sail from to Castlebay on Barra and to Oban on the mainland. The island is also linked to Eriskay and Benbecula by causeways.

Am Paipear – The Uists Community Newspaper


Hebridean Housing Partnership manages the social housing stock on the Isle of South Uist. It is a not-for-profit housings uist social housingAny house plots available on South Uist are listed herehere and at the Estate Agent links below.


Most housing on South 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 South 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:

Hebridean Estate Agency | Western Isles Properties | Gumtree | Rightmove |



“The Local Housing Agency”