The community of Uig consists of some 20 small active crofting townships on Loch Roag and the open sea, from Gisla to Brenish. The population is about 400.
Local interest in history and heritage (whether archaeology, the Vikings, legends and stories, clearance and settlement, ethnography, genealogy, crofting or fishing) is huge and the Comunn Eachdraidh has amassed a large and very detailed body of knowledge. Previously housed in Lochcroistean School (now a cafe), the society moved in 1998 to the new community centre overlooking Timsgarry and Uig Sands, where the museum and archive can be visite
The Hebridean Comunn Eachdraidh movement was born in 1977 with the establishment of the first such society on Lewis, at Ness.
Every community throughout the Hebrides now supports a Comunn Eachdraidh, all dedicated to collecting and preserving the language and cultural history of the islands. Comunn Eachdraidh Ùig was one of the founding members of the Hebridean Connections project, which takes the concept a step further by offering this wealth of material online.
Membership of the Comunn Eachdraidh is open to everyone and currently comprises over 300 people; to join, just contact any member of the committee listed below. Committee members are appointed annually by the membership at the AGM and co-opted throughout the year. We currently have a few vacancies, and the only qualifications are residency in Uig, an interest in local history and a willingness to get stuck in. If you are interested in getting involved, please be in touch. Volunteers are also welcome to man the museum and help with other projects and do not need to take a place on the committee.
We are always looking for new stories, photographs and angles on the history of Uig, both for this website and for the Comunn Eachdraidh collection.
If you have connections here, please think about sharing your stories and pictures, and/or writing for us.
Of course, as an entirely voluntary society, we also welcome donations, which go towards keeping the museum, our programme of events and this website going.
Business meetings are not generally open (or interesting) to the public but the Comunn Eachdraidh hosts occasional ceilidhs in Gaelic, and other talks and events which are advertised here and locally.
If you would like to leave a comment or get in touch with us…
You can visit our facebook page Uig Historical Society where we will be able to contact you. We have a great facebook family who are always happy to help with anything from dates, photographs and any information regarding Uig.