Lochmaddy

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Lochmaddy
Loch nam Madadh - geograph.org.uk - 1343318.jpg
Lochmaddy viewed frae the sooth
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Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Post tounISLE OF NORTH UIST
Postcode destrictHS6
Diallin code01876
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57°36′07″N 7°09′50″W / 57.602°N 7.164°W / 57.602; -7.164Coordinates: 57°36′07″N 7°09′50″W / 57.602°N 7.164°W / 57.602; -7.164

Lochmaddy (Scots Gaelic: Loch nam Madadh, "Loch o the Hoonds") is the admeenistrative centre o North Uist in the Waster Isles, Scotland. Na Madaidhean (the wolves/hoonds) are rocks in the bay efter which the loch, an subsequently the veelage, are namit. Lochmaddy is athin the pairish o North Uist.[1]

Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Lochmaddy sits at the end o a sea inlet (tairbeart) an, due tae the rocky naitur, is the anerly dounset o ony size on the east coast — far frae the veelages in the mair populous wast o North Uist. Lochmaddy is situatit at the northren end o the A865.[2]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Virtually the first mention onywhaur o Lochmaddy is a complaint o "piracie an murther" in a report datit 1616: "Lochmaldie on the coast o Uist is a rendezvous for pirates" it said. The coves an inlets characterisin the aurie aroond the veelage wur ideal hidin places for raidin ships stockit wi fine guids boond for the clan chiefs o the time, an contraband activity persistit till the modren era.

Lochmaddy wis a important fishin commonty afore the commercial decline o the herring. Durin the reign o Keeng Charles it wis the steid o a Ryal Fishin Station.[3]

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Template:CalMac Mallaig ferries Nouadays, the same guid herbour maks Lochmaddy the ferry port for the island, wi the MV Hebrides pleein the route tae Skye. The commercial activity o shops an public biggin haes been generatit due tae the port activity, an the day the veelage haes the anerly bank, courthoose, tourist information office an youth hostel on North Uist. Lochmaddy hospital closit in Mairch 2001. It wis replacit bi the newly opened Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh (Uist an Barra Hospital) in Balivanich, Benbecula.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Details of Lochmaddy". Scottish Places. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. "A865". Sabre. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. "An account of Harris by John Knox". leverburgh.co.uk. 1787. Retrieved 4 October 2008.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikivoyage-Logo-v3-icon.svg Travel guide tae Lochmaddy frae Wikivoyage