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North Uist
Gaelic name Uibhist a Tuath
Meaning of name North Uist (etymology of "Uibhist" is unclear)
OS grid reference NF835697
Coordinates 57°36′00″N 7°19′59″W / 57.6°N 7.333°W / 57.6; -7.333
Physical geography
Island group Uists and Barra
Area 30,305 hectares (117 sq mi)
Area rank 10 
Highest elevation Eaval 1,138 ft (347 m)
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Demographics
Population 1,254
Population density 4.14 people/km2
Largest settlement Lochmaddy
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References
Official name: North Uist Machair and Islands
Designated: 22 July 1997
Reference #: 1004

North Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist a Tuath) is an island and community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish island, and the thirteenth largest island surrounding Great Britain. It has an area of 117 square miles (303 km2), slightly smaller than South Uist. North Uist is connected by causeways to Benbecula via Grimsay, to Berneray, and to Baleshare.

With the exception of the south east, the island is very flat, and covered with a patchwork of peat bogs, low hills and lochs, with more than half the land being covered by water. Some of the lochs contain a mixture of fresh and tidal salt water, giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats.

Loch Sgadabhagh is the largest loch by area on North Uist but Loch Obisary has about twice the volume of water. The northern part of the island is part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area, one of 40 in Scotland.

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