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The inhabited large island of North Uist (local name Uibhist a Tuath) is part of (the island group) Outer Hebrides and is located in the country of Great Britain , Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 72.7 km. The surface-area of the island is 274.5 km2 and is therefore 0.723 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 471.1 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 26 km by 24 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 347 meter and is named Eaval. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 57.61 (57°36'28.8792), -7.29 (-7°17'31.4196).


The population is 1271 and the population density is thus on 4.63 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Lochmaddy (located in the East of the island). Other places on the island are: Sollas, Hosta, Tigharry, Hougharry, Paible, Grimsay, Cladach Kir. The island is located in the North-northwest of the country Great Britain . It is located in the administrative unit Council area Outer Hebrides (local administrative level-name council area), in the Ward Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath (local administrative level-name Ward). Direct neighboring islands of North Uist are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Baleshare Located 0.4 km SouthWest of the island.
2) Grimsay Located 0.6 km WestSouthWest of the island.
3) Berneray Located 0.6 km EastSouthEast of the island.
4) Benbecula Located 2.5 km SouthWest of the island.
5) Lewis Harris Located 10.6 km EastNorthEast of the island.
6) South Uist Located 12 km West of the island.
7) Skye Located 22.6 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
8) Scalpay Located 32.3 km NorthEast of the island.
9) Eriskay Located 46.4 km West of the island.
10) Barra Located 50.8 km West of the island.
11) Great Bernera Located 59.9 km EastNorthEast of the island.
12) Canna Located 60.4 km NorthWest of the island.
13) Isle of Raasay Located 63.2 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
14) St Kilda or Hirta Located 64.1 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
15) Isle of Rona Located 64.4 km North of the island.
16) Soay Located 67.2 km NorthWest of the island.
17) Rùm Located 69.1 km NorthWest of the island.
18) Scalpay Located 71.1 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
19) Eigg Located 87.5 km NorthWest of the island.
20) Muck Located 91 km NorthWest of the island.
21) Coll Located 99.6 km WestNorthWest of the island.
22) Tiree Located 109 km WestNorthWest of the island.
23) Mull Located 112.5 km WestNorthWest of the island.
24) Ulva Located 125.6 km WestNorthWest of the island.
25) Iona Located 137.3 km WestNorthWest of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1297 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. There are ferry connections with car to other (neighboring) island (s). There are also (seasonal) ferry connections for pedestrians (-cyclists) with other (neighboring) island(s). Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of North Uist consists of Sand - Rock 11.5 km2 (4%), wood 5.4 km2 (2%), nature 62.3 km2 (23%), wet nature 142.9 km2 (52%), and agriculture 44.1 km2 (16%),


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