The impossibly pretty port of Uig nestles at the foot of some of the most spectacular scenery in Skye, and views of this coastline are magnificent as you set off for Uist.
Dolphins may be seen as you cross the Minch. Try the peaceful and quietly swanky Observation Lounge if the deck's too blustery.
If you manage to catch an early ferry, why not book a sea-kayaking lesson from Uist Outdoor Centre in the afternoon - you can explore the tiny islands in the harbour at Lochmaddy spotting otters, birds and seals then surf back to the centre on the next ferry's wake.
www.calmac.co.uk, Tel: +44 (0)1475 650 100 fares £4.90 single, £9.80 return, bikes are free, nearest rail station Kyle of Lochalsh, buses from here or Portree
+44 (0)1876 500 480 sea-kayaking lessons £35 for 3 hours (adults)
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