With hills and sea close at hand, visitors can expect to see a wide range of flora and fauna. South Uist is noted for its birdlife, and Polochar is a particularly attractive location for the corncrake, with regular sightings of the bird among the tall grasses; nowhere else in the world can its rasping sound be heard so frequently.
The island’s beaches are renowned for their unspoilt beauty and tranquility, with mile after mile of soft, white sand, and the machair that borders them produces a profusion of flowers including many rare species.
To the east of the island are majestic hills, offering a bird’s eye view over the island archipelago.
Sporting enthusiasts can have a round of golf at Askernish golf course which is situated about three miles from Polochar. The course was designed by the famous Old Tom Morris and is about to be restored to its former glory with the addition of superb facilities. For residents, transportation between the hotel and the golf course can be arranged.
Fishing is also popular in the area, with the Uists ranked among the top destinations in the world for trout and salmon fishing. The hotel has a large shed which can be used for storing fishing rods and equipment.
South Uist is now in community ownership and its people have a lot of plans for the future which will enhance the island while protecting its culture.
The location of the hotel makes it an ideal base for exploring the Uists, Eriskay and Barra. The causeway to Eriskay is approximately ten minutes away by car and, while exploring this beautiful island, refreshments and good quality homemade food can be had at Am Politician lounge bar, also owned by Morag and Margaret. The lounge bar is named after the famous SS Politician which ran aground between Eriskay and South Uist with a cargo of whisky and other luxuries, gladly rescued from the depths of the ocean by the local people.