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Camas Uig

Camas Uig

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Camas Uig with Uig Sands in the foreground

Camas Uig (Uig Bay) is a bay on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The Lewis Chessmen were discovered in the dunes behind the beach.

Camas Uig contains a variety of small islets including Fraoch Eilean, Leac Holm, Sgeir a' Chàis, Sgeir Liath, Sgeir Sheilibhig, Tom and Tolm.

Camas Uig is part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area.[1]

In 1831, the 12th-century Lewis Chessmen were discovered in a small stone structure in the dunes behind the beach near Ardroil.[2][3] Two large wooden chessmen, carved by Stephen Hayward, stand outside a museum on the machair at Ardroil, near where the hoard was found.[4]



  1. ^ "National Scenic Areas in Scotland" (pdf). Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith (2004) p. 297
  3. ^ "The Uig Chessmen - The Vikings were here!". Uig and Bernera Development Group. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Uig Chessmen". Comann Eachdraidh Uig. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 58°12′01″N 7°01′01″W / 58.20028°N 7.01694°W / 58.20028; -7.01694

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