Uig, Skye

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For other places named "Uig", see Uig (disambiguation).
Scottish Gaelic: Ùige
Uig Harbour and Pier
 Uig shown within the Isle of Skye
Population 200 
OS grid reference NG396634
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Ross and Cromarty
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORTREE
Postcode district IV51
Dialling code 01470
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
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Coordinates: 57°35′10″N 6°21′25″W / 57.586°N 6.357°W / 57.586; -6.357

The village of Uig (Scottish Gaelic: Ùige) lies at the head of the sheltered inlet of Uig Bay on the west coast of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.


The name is thought to be derived from Old Norse vík, which means bay or inlet.[1] It was thus originally the same placename as Wick, Highland, Vik, Sogn og Fjordane and Vík í Mýrdal.


Uig is situated partly on the raised beach around the head of the bay and partly on the steep slopes behind it. Two watercourses enter the bay at Uig; the River Rha from the north and the River Conon which drains Glen Uig to the east. The lower courses of both of these small rivers are characterised by waterfalls.

Uigg, Prince Edward Island, Canada was named by settlers from Uig.


The population is estimated to be between 200–300 inhabitants.



Uig is served by the A87 road from Portree and Kyle of Lochalsh to the south and the A855 road which runs northwards around the end of the Trotternish peninsula before also turning south to Portree. As of August, 2006, Uig is accessible via intercity buses on Skye, and Scottish Citylink buses, which travel as far south as Fort William and Glasgow.


From its sheltered port, Caledonian MacBrayne ferries run to Tarbert on Harris and Lochmaddy on North Uist providing links with the Outer Hebrides. Uig Tower is a prominent local landmark associated with the Highland Clearances.


  1. "vík". Wiktionary. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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