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Explore the Uists and Barra on foot with a Cicerone guidebook

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11 Feb 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
1st Published
12 Jun 2012
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Walking on Uist and Barra

by Mike Townsend
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to walking on the Uists and Barra, in the Outer Hebrides - with 40 graded day walks on Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Mingulay. Routes range from easy beach walks to mountainous excursions and explore rugged hills, awesome sea cliffs, moorland and lochs.

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Located on the edge of north-west Europe, the islands that make up the southern end of the Outer Hebrides are places of staggering contrasts: rugged hills, shell sand beaches, awesome sea cliffs, caves and arches, moors and lochs. Although relatively accessible by air and by sea, much of the archipelago still remains unspoilt. Few who go there venture far from the roads.

The 40 graded day walks described in this guide take in the full range of terrain in this unique island group visiting Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Mingulay.

This guidebook includes a selection of easy, coastal walks along beaches and cliffs but also some wilder and mountainous routes further inland, on Uist and Barra and on the offshore islands.

  • a variety of day walks across the islands from 3km to 17km
  • illustrated with OS map extracts and photographs
  • lots of information about wildlife, geology and history to accompany each route
  • other guidebooks for the Outer Hebrides include Walking on Harris and Lewis and Cycling in the Hebrides
  • Seasons
    best visited in the spring and summer, when the daylight seems endless and the coastal machair is ablaze with the blooms of wildflowers
  • Centres
    Balivanich on Benbecula, the location of the main airport, and also the ferry terminals at Castlebay, Lochboisdale and Lochmaddy
  • Difficulty
    varying distance and severity, from short, low-level beach walks to serious excursions across wild, mountainous terrain requiring sound navigational skills; all routes graded to aid selection
  • Must See
    the white sands of Berneray, the lochs of North Uist, the hills and machair of South Uist, the romance of Eriskay, the fearsome cliffs of Mingulay and the iconic Kisimul Castle in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra
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Geology and geomorphology
Plants and wildlife
Accommodation and facilities
Using the guide
1 North Uist
Walk 1.1 Berneray (Beàrnaraigh)
Walk 1.2 Udal
Walk 1.3 Crògearraidh Mòr
Walk 1.4 Lochportain
Walk 1.5 Lì a Tuath and Lì a Deas
Walk 1.6 Langais
Walk 1.7 Burabhal
Walk 1.8 Eabhal from Loch Euphort
Walk 1.9 Eabhal from Cladach Chairinis
Walk 1.10 Grimsay (Griomasaigh)
Walk 1.11 Scolpaig
Walk 1.12 Hogha Gearraidh and Hosta
Walk 1.13 Balranald Nature Reserve
Walk 1.14 Baleshare (Baile Sear)
2 Benbecula
Walk 2.1 Borgh
Walk 2.2 Culla Bay
Walk 2.3 Ròisinis
Walk 2.4 Ruabhal
3 South Uist
Walk 3.1 Loch Sgioport
Walk 3.2 Uisinis lighthouse and Nicolson’s Leap
Walk 3.3 The Northern Corries of Thacla
Walk 3.4 The Three Peaks
Walk 3.7 Taobh a Tuath Loch Aineort
Walk 3.8 Stulaigh
Walk 3.9 Gleann Dail bho Dheas
Walk 3.10 Eriskay (Eirisgeigh)
Beinn Mhòr
Walk 3.5 Beinn Mhòr from Sniseabhal
Walk 3.6 Beinn Mhòr from Taobh a Tuath Loch Aineort
Machair Way
Walk 3.11 Tobha Mòr
Walk 3.12 Aisgernis/Cladh Hàlainn
4 Barra
Walk 4.1 Barra’s northern peninsula
Walk 4.2 Cliaid
Walk 4.3 Allathasdal
Barra’s central hills
Walk 4.4 The Barra Watershed
Walk 4.5 Barra’s highest hills
Walk 4.6 Central Barra
Walk 4.7 Dùn Bàn
Walk 4.8 Dùn Bàn and Beinn Tangabhal
Walk 4.9 Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh)
Walk 4.10 Mingulay (Miùghlaigh)
Appendix A Glossary of Gaelic and Norse terms
Appendix B Route summary table
Appendix C Further reading
Appendix D Useful information
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