Extracts from the following book – Places not on Google Maps
The 25 people who live on this remote island to the East of North Uist have a great Norse tradition of folklore and music. This island still celebrates Christmas and New Year according to the feast days of the old Julian calendar – Yule on 6th January and Newerday on the 13th. The residents set fire to a small model of a Viking Longship on January 25th, an unusual interpretation of the Burns night tradition celebrated in the rest of Scotland. The model is set on fire and ceremonially launched on to Loch Loch with a dram of whisky. The boat drifts off and sinks beneath the waves when sufficient of the model has burnt.