Day 5 (Trotternish) - A bit further south still from Kilvaxter on the Western coastline of the Trotternish peninsula is Uig, one a my favourite UK place names! I believe it's pronounced "oo-ig" rather than "you-ig", but don't take my word for it as I pronounced Sleat ("Slate" not "Sleet") and Cuillin (more "Coo-lin" than "Cull-in") wrong the entire time I was on Skye!
Apparently the Uig name derives from the Old Norse "vik" meaning "bay". Wick up in the extreme north east of Scotland is a far more obvious derivative, but i'll take Wikipedia's word for it! This body of water is called Uig Bay, which I guess therefore means "Bay Bay"?! This Uig is not to be confused with another Uig on Lewis in the Outer Hebridies and a similarly wonderfully named place called Uiginish also on Skye further south in the Duirinish parish. By the way the -nish ending, so common to places, parishes and peninsulas on Skye means 'promontory' (ie a raised mass of land projecting into a body of water) - so sadly 'Uiginish' doesn't mean "Quite Uiggy", which is a shame!
I digress...pictured here is the Uig ferry terminal, which itself may be charitably described as 'functional' rather than a thing of great beauty itself, but the wider setting in which it's located is lovely. There's an active fishing and seafood export industry based here too.
This was something of a recce for us as we intend to come back to sail from here to the Outer Hebridies sometime in the next year or two. The crossing from here to Tarbet on Harris seems to be the shortest possible ferry crossing to the Outer Hebridies, and, as we like to minimise our time on the water when leaving our dog during the crossing, it's very likely where we'll go from here. It also helps we really want to go to Harris in particular! You can also sail from here directly to North Uist as well.
As well as the port, Uig also has a pottery, Skye brewery outlet, petrol station and cafe, a hotel, pubs, shops, churches...and around 300 residents which serve to make Uig the bustling metropolis of Trotternish...well maybe not quite, but it is the largest settlement on the peninsula!
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