Loch nam Madadh
Loch nam Madadh
|Location Map ( geo)
|Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
|Places related to the A865
Loch nam Madadh, or Lochmaddy is the main settlement and ferry port on North Uist. It is, however, by no means a large place and many of the town functions normally associated with an island capital are missing. This is perhaps because the construction of the North Ford Causeway connecting North Uist to Benbecula allowed Balivanich to grow as the main service centre for the whole Uist chain. Nevertheless, Lochmaddy is the closest North Uist has to a town, with a couple of small 'housing estates', Hotel, shops and so on.
The main road out of the village, which starts at the pier head, is the A865, which takes a great loop westwards around the island. The more direct route south is the A867, which terminates on the A865 towards the western end of the village. The A867 crosses the east side of North Uist to rejoin the A865 which then continues south across Benbecula and South Uist.
The Ferry service to North Uist sails from Uig on Skye. In the summer months, it alternates with the Uig-Harris Ferry service, but in the winter months there can be a combined service, allowing some traffic to pass between Harris and North Uist. The normal link between the two islands is the Sound of Harris Ferry, which sails from Berneray, connected to North Uist by the Berneray Causeway at the end of the B893. This turns north off the A865 a few miles west of Lochmaddy.
|Sollas, Bearnariagh / Berneray, Aiseag Caolas na Hearadh / Sound of Harris Ferry
|Clachan, Loch Baghasdail / Lochboisdale (A865)
|Berneray, Sound of Harris Ferry
|via the Berneray Causeway