This evening of live music takes place in Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy on the third Friday of every month. It plays host to local musicians, the UHI music students and visiting artists from the mainland and abroad. Taigh Ciúil is always a good night out.
The St Kilda Challenge is a two race yachting event from Lochmaddy to St Kilda. This is an exciting week-end for Lochmaddy and North Uist. Sailors from all over the country congregate in Lochmaddy and race to St Kilda covering 11 nautical miles over a 24 hour period . A programme of on-shore events includes a craft and food fair, children's events, concerts, theatre and film.
Held in the new state-of-the-art primary school in Paible, this week of tuition for children over seven is part of the national Feisean nan Gaidheal which promotes Scottish music and culture. It is popular with both local children and those who come from further afield.
This is Berneray's festival week. and is popular with locals and visitoYoung families enjoy the sports day, treasure hunt and sandcastle competition. In the evenings there are ceilidhs, a traditional Gaelic concert and a beach BBQ. There is also the Berneray 10k with its varied route by lochs, over machair and across the Cockle Beach. The island fills with people and everyone is in festive mode.
This is a great day out in North Uist. It is an opportunity to meet local people and see Highland dancing, hear competitive piping and see local athletes in action. There is always a collection of interesting stalls, fairground rides and the games dance to top it all off.
In early August Berneray is host to a music summer school for young German students. After a fortnight, the daily music practice culminates in two concerts of classical and contemporary works.
Harris Mountain Festival, which has been going for seven years, is a week- long celebration of the mountains and coast of Harris. It includes guided walks, talks, water sports and taster sessions. The Cal Mac summer timetable makes this event very accessible from Berneray.
This road race starts in Berneray and follows the main road to Lochmaddy. It is a moderate route taking in great views of the islands of Pabbay and Boreray and Lochmaddy with Beinn Lee in the background. It finishes with a welcome lunch at the Hammersay House Hotel.
HIFF has been running for 8 years now. The films, which are usually on a maritime/ island/ environmental theme, are shown in various venues in North Uist - Berneray, Lochmaddy and Carinish. The programme includes documentaries - national and international, new box office hits, directors talks and workshops. Tickets can be booked online.
The Art School at Lews Castle College, UHI, offers both full and part time courses in Art and Design as well as short course options. Based at the Arts Centre in Lochmaddy, students can study from introductory to degree level. Short courses are offered in a range of subjects including drawing, photography, printmaking and painting.