Uig has only really developed as a ferry port since the advent of roll on - roll off ferries. Before that, steamers sailed from Oban, Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, calling at Portree and Stornoway as well as the smaller ports such as Tarbert and Lochmaddy. Today, however, the easiest and shortest crossing to the Uists is probably Uig to Lochmaddy.
The ferry that serves Lochmaddy is the same one which runs the Uig-Harris Ferry service, and in the winter there is occasionally a triangular journey. However, for the most part there are 3 crossing a day (2 out and one back, or vice-versa). The crossing takes about an hour and 45 minutes, and offers a spectacular approach to North Uist, weaving through the rocky islets and alien landscape of North Uist as it approaches Lochmaddy.
The ferry used on the service is the MV Hebrides, which can carry nearly 100 cars.