Events

Taigh Ciuil year round

This evening of live music takes place in Taigh ChearsabhaghLochmaddy 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 

Berneray Week - 3rd week July

This is Berneray's festival week.   and is popular with locals and visitors. Young 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.

The Highland Games - 3rd Friday July

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.

German Summer School Concert - 3rd weekend August

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 - 3rd week August

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.

2-Island Half Marathon - last Saturday August

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.

Hebrides International Film Festival - 3rd week September

 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.

Art Courses in North Uist

 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.