The Askernish Golf Course on South Uist is set to be restored to its original 19th century layout as designed by Old Tom Morris, regarded by many as ‘the father’ of golf. The original layout, established in 1892, has more recently been overlooked until a visit in march 2005 by golf course consultant Gordon Irvine, who in agreement with the Golf club decided to restore the course as faithfully as possible to its original 18 holes. Alterations to the course since its initial design have seen it used as a par 67, with 9 holes.
Old Tom was born in St Andrews in 1821 and became a star golfer. The Morris father and son remain the oldest and youngest winners in the history of the Open championship. Tom (senior) won four Opens in the 1860s and was aged 46 when he won his final championship. Young Tom was the first winner of the present-day Silver Claret Jug trophy after three previous wins, being only 17 when he won his first Open.
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To read more about and follow the progress of the restoration follow this link to the Askernish Golf Club webpage.
A range of tours led by Steve Duffield are available throughout the year and can be tailoured to suit your needs. Drawing upon extensive knowledge of Western Isles wildlife, these tours provide an excellent opprotunity to get the most out of your stay. Details of recent sightings can be seen here.
Kildonan Museum lies on the main road that runs the length of South Uist about 7 miles north of Lochboisdale. In the late 1990s Kildonan Museum was greatly expanded into what was previously a school, and it re-opened in June 1998 as very much more than just a museum. With its range of facilities, its excellent cafe, shop and nice atmosphere, the museum is an essential stopping off point on any tour of the Uists. It is open from April to end-September including Sunday afternoons.
Uist Community Riding School is located in the town of Balivanich on the island of Benbecula and offers road rides, beach and picnic rides as well as all day and leading rein hacks. The school offers lessons in jumping and dressage for children and adults of all abilities. Courses are also run in stable management as well as providing an opportunity for people to gain an understanding of horse management.
Tourist information centres can be found near the ferry terminals at both Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale. These offices will be able to point you towards the permanent and seasonal attractions throughout the Uists.
'Hebridean Jewellery' is one of the top brands of Celtic and Pictish design jewellery being made in Scotland today. Since 1974 - in the workshop at Iochdar on the Island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides - the Celtic/Pictish range and a collection of wildlife pieces have been produced to an extremely high standard in silver and gold. Designed by John Hart [1914-95] and son John M Hart, the range includes traditional Scottish designs of kilt pins, thistles and Luckenbooth brooches and has a good selection of more ancient styles of jewellery such as penanular brooches, wrist and neck torcs of substantial weight.
Salar Smokehouse Ltd.
Isle of South Uist
Scotland In the clear Ocean Waters of The Outer Hebrides at Scotlands North Western edge, Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) are reared with care.
Salar Smokehouse is a small, family run business situated on the shore of Loch Carnan in the Hebridean island of South Uist.
This webpage maintained by the Western Isles council is regularly udated with events in the Uists such as Ceilidh Dancing, singing, sports and festivals. To view current and future events click here.
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