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Daliburgh
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Waterlilies on Loch nan Clacha-mora in front of Dalabrog Church
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NF753213
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF SOUTH UIST
Postcode district HS8
Dialling code 01878
Police Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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57°10′05″N 7°22′19″W / 57.168°N 7.372°W / 57.168; -7.372Coordinates: 57°10′05″N 7°22′19″W / 57.168°N 7.372°W / 57.168; -7.372

Daliburgh (Scottish Gaelic: Dalabrog) is a crofting township on South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Daliburgh is situated one and a half miles west from Lochboisdale, has the second largest population of any township in South Uist, and is also in the parish of South Uist. Daliburgh is situated at the junction of the A865 and the B888. Like Lochboisdale, Daliburgh has undergone major changes in recent years.

Ranald Macdonald, younger brother of Donald Macdonald 4th of Kinlochmoidart, was granted the tack of Daliburgh from the chief of Clanranald in 1730.

Community

The South End Community Hall on the northern edge of Daliburgh includes a fitness suite and indoor sports facilities.

Adjacent to the Borrodale Hotel a memorial commemorates the life and poetic works of Donald J. MacDonald, a Gaelic bàrd (i.e. poet) who lived in Daliburgh in the mid 20th century.

School

Daliburgh School lost its first-year secondary class in 2009, and now offers primary schooling for ages 5 to 12, with an independent cròileagan (nursery/after-school club) next door

Daliburgh is well known for its annual summer music school, Ceòlas, which runs for one week every July in the local school and includes classes for both adults and children. Ceòlas also runs youth music classes throughout the year, and has a small office adjacent to the school itself.

Churches

The Church of Scotland has a large traditional 19th century church building, with attached hall and manse, at the junction by the Borrodale Hotel. Along the road to the west - strictly in the township of Cille Pheadair is the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Peter, with a public hall opposite used for a wide variety of functions, including public ceilidhs and dances, sales, private parties and so on.

Economy

Businesses located within the township include the Post Office, the Co-op supermarket, Borrodale Hotel (public internet access available), Scottish Hydro Electric shop, Burnside Fish and Chips and filling station, and the thrift shop (charity shop), which sells tea, coffee and food.

The Uist Travel Lodge and Bunkhouse opened in 2010, incorporating a cafe and gift shop in Uist House. The building was constructed in the 1970s, and was previously a care home.

A commercial office development, financed by Western Isles Enterprise, remained unoccupied for nearly ten years. Finally, in 2010, it was announced that the development would become the offices for Stòras Uibhist, the community-owned landlord of South Uist, Eriskay and much of Benbecula. The business had relocated from the old manse in Bornish.

Services

The Sacred Heart hospital, built in 1894, was closed in 2000 and replaced by the newly built Uist and Barra Hospital in Benbecula. The old hospital has been converted into a care home for the elderly, now known as Taigh a' Chridhe Uile Naomh, retaining the original hospital as a part of the new. The building is a significant user of renewable energy, with ground source heat pumps and three 6 kW (8 hp) wind turbines.

Near to Taigh a' Chridhe Uile Naomh is the South Uist Medical Centre, offering doctors consultations, practice nurses and pharmacy.

Also in Daliburgh there is a fire and rescue service station, which is manned by volunteers, and a small territorial army centre.

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