Explore the Isles of Harris of Lewis with a Cicerone guide

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Walking on Harris and Lewis

30 Routes in the Outer Hebrides

by Richard Barrett
Book published by Cicerone Press

A handy pocket-sized guidebook to 30 day walks on the Isle of Harris and Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Walks range from all-day routes in the high hills to shorter, lower-level walks that visit the world-famous heritage sites and antiquities. Includes the An Cliseam horseshoe, the stone circles of Calanais and Butt of Lewis lighthouse.

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With high hills that sweep down to white sandy beaches beside the Atlantic, the Isles of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides provide one of the last remaining refuges for walkers looking for spectacular scenery far from the madding crowd.

Routes include a high-level horseshoe around An Cliseam and its neighbours on the Isle of Harris, half-day circular walks around the famous stone circles of Calanais on the Isle of Lewis and the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, and lengthy incursions into areas of wilderness visited only by the Golden Eagle and the mountain hare.

Much of the Long Island, as it’s known, is remote and you won't meet anyone else, so these routes are for well-equipped, experienced hikers with good navigational skills.

With dramatic photographs, detailed mapping and frequent notes on places and points of interest, this is a book to inspire you and to take with you when you go.

  • 30 walks ranging from 4km to 22km
  • frequent notes on local history, geology and wildlife
  • routes illustrated by OS map extracts
  • Seasons
    Best enjoyed from Spring through Autumn, when the days are longer and the wind less persistent.
  • Centres
    Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), Tarbet (Isle of Harris)
  • Difficulty
    challenging, all-day routes in the high hills as well as shorter, easier walks that visit the world-famous historical sites and antiquities
  • Must See
    high hills meeting white sandy beaches at the edge of the Atlantic; stunning scenery with spectacular wildlife
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Flowers and vegetation
Getting there
Getting around
Where to stay
Safety considerations
Place names
How to use this guide
1 Ceapabhal and Toe Head
2 Roineabhal from Roghadal
3 Coast to Coast on the Coffin Route
4 Beinn Dhubh
5 The Scholar's Path
6 Scalpay
7 Circuit of Tòdun from Urgha
8 Cleit Ard
9 Liuthaid and Mullach a' Ruisg
10 The Skeaudale Horseshoe
11 An Cliseam Horseshoe from Àird a' Mhulaidh
12 Stulabhal, Tèileasbhal and Uisgneabhal Mòr
13 Muladal, Ulabhal, Oireabhal and Cleiseabhal
14 Tiorga Mòr
15 Huiseabhal Mòr, Oireabhal and Huiseabhal Beag
16 Ceann Loch Rèasort from Loch Ròg Beag
17 Griomabhal, Naideabhal a-Muigh and Laibheal
18 Mealaisbhal, Cracabhal and Laibheal a Tuath
19 Tamanasbhal, Teinneasabhal, Tahabhal and Tarain
20 Suaineabhal from Cairisiadar
21 Bhalasaigh to Bostadh on Great Bernera
22 Calanais Standing Stones
23 Dun Chàrlabhaigh and the Gearrannan Blackhouses
24 West Side Coastal Path
25 Beinn Bhragair
26 Around the Butt of Lewis
27 Heritage Walk between Tolstadh and Port Nis
28 A walk to the tidal island of Eilean Chaluim Chille
29 The deserted village of Stiomrabhaigh
30 Beinn Mhòr
Walks on St Kilda and Other Islands
Appendix 1 Route Summary Table
Appendix 2 Gaelic Language
Appendix 3 Further Reading
Appendix 4 Marilyns on Harris, Lewis and St Kilda
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