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Aird Uig, Lewis

Aird Uig, Lewis

Aird Uig is a small village of 10 crofts (counting 3a and 3b as two) situated at the end of the road to Gallan Head, on the western side of the Amhuinn Gil na h-Airde. The crofts fan out from the riverside and some were enlarged to take in rocky ground to the east of the river. The township included 1700 acres of common grazings to the east and west of the village, to meet those of Crowlista and Valtos. Fishing was carried out from the rocky beach at Camus na h-Airde.

There is a notable chapel Tigh a'Bheannaich (house of blessings) to the west of the village.

In 1954 an RAF camp was constructed at Aird, with the radar station further out on the headland; it provided much local employment. The camp is mostly disused and most of the buildings are now in private hands.

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Title: Aird Uig, Lewis
Record Type: Locations
Gaelic Name: Àird Ùig
Also Known As: An Àird
Type: Village/Township
Grid Ref Easting: 105069
Grid Ref Northing: 937854
Record Maintained By: CEU
Subject Id: 1937