2018 marks the 8th Annual North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference, held here in Uist.

 13th – 15th September 2018

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What is the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference?

The Conference was established in 2010 by Norwegian Karin Flatoy Svarstad to bring together sheep and wool workers of the North Atlantic region to collectively discuss the difficulties facing native breed sheep today.

The result is a multi-day conference, each year held in a different associated region, focussing on shepherding, food and woollen crafts, well attended by delegates from Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Germany, France, Scotland, England, the Isle of Man, the Faroe Islands, and beyond.


How do I get to Uist?

There are two ways to reach the Outer Hebrides- by sea or by air.

For ferrys visit Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac), these ferries run from various locations in Scotland to reach North or South Uist. The two main ports for reaching us are Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale.

By plane, you can travel with LoganAir to Benbecula Airport from Glasgow, Inverness and sometimes from Edinburgh.


What is a North Atlantic Native Sheep?

Also known as the Northern European Short-Tailed sheep breeds, the name refers to a collection of breeds spread across the Northern areas of Europe. Considered to be a primitive strain of sheep, they are believed to have travelled with the Norse vikings in the 11th Century, with each settled area claiming their own distinctive sheep today.

The sheep are characterised by their ability to live in harsh climates, their short tapered tail, and their double fleece. They are often coloured sheep, and often come in a variety of colours.

Associated breeds include: Norwegian villsau, Icelandic, Faroese, Manx Loaghtan, Shetland, Gotland, North Ronaldsay, plus our own 3; Boreray, Soay, and Hebridean.

Where can I stay in Uist?

The Outer Hebrides Tourism website Visit Outer Hebrides has all the information you need and will guide you through a comprehensive list of accommodation providers throughout the Uist island chain.

Where can I sign up for conference activities?


All conference registration and tickets will be available from Monday 23rd July at 16.00 (BST). Please click the “registration page” link above to access the Eventbrite page. Please note that this is the only way to register for the conference.

You can purchase a ticket for the full conference weekend, or to attend the lectures only.

If you wish to attend all activities for a single day, please get in touch via the “Contact Us” page of the website and we can accommodate you where possible (numbers permitting).

Full Conference Tickets include:

All talks, visits & buses, lunches, evening meals Thursday- Saturday. Transport to Iochdar Hall to be confirmed.

Ticket prices (including 3rd party booking fees):

Full Conference Ticket £260

Lectures only, single day £22

Lectures only, two days £36

Conference Details




Registration and gathering




09.00- 12.30 Welcome & Lectures in Iochdar Hall, South Uist

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.45 – 19.00 Site visits (including coffee break)

19.15               Evening Meal at Tigh Sgire, Sollas, North Uist





09.00- 12.30 Day 1 summary & Lectures in Iochdar Hall, South Uist

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.45 – 19.00 Site visits (including coffee break)

19.15 Evening Meal at Tigh Sgire, Sollas, North Uist




06.00            Bus departs from Iochdar Hall for Berneray Ferry

07.15             Ferry departs

08.15-17.05 Site visits

18.05            Ferry arrives in Berneray

19.00- late  Conference dinner & ceilidh