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Guidebook to walking the Hebridean Way, a 155 mile (247km) walking route along the length of the Outer Hebrides. From the island of Vatersay to Stornoway on Lewis, the waymarked route can be walked in 8 to 13 days and crosses a variety of terrain including shell beaches, rugged hills and wild moor. Also includes an extension to the Butt of Lewis.
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Launching in 2017, the Hebridean Way offers walkers the opportunity to experience the magic of Scotland's Outer Hebrides in one inspirational journey. The waymarked route stretches 247km (155 miles) from Vatersay to Stornaway, linking ten major islands of the archipelago by means of causeways and two ferry crossings: Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis. Suitable for most walkers with a moderate level of fitness, it can be completed in 8–14 days and is rich in natural, historical and cultural interest.
This guidebook presents the Hebridean Way in 10 stages of 16–35km (10–22 miles), plus two additional stages to extend the route to the Butt of Lewis in line with future plans. Detailed route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping, stunning photography to whet your appetite and a wealth of information about local points of interest. The introduction offers an overview of the islands' geology, history, plants and wildlife as well as comprehensive practical advice for walking the route, such as when to go, how to get there (and back) and what to take. Accommodation listings can be found in the appendices.
The route is a celebration of the diverse landscapes of the Hebrides, from dazzling white shell beaches to wild moorland and flower-strewn machair. It visits Neolithic and Bronze Age remains, ruined forts and castles and monuments commemorating Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland Land Struggle. The islands are also a great location to spot seabirds, raptors and a number of migratory species. Informative and inspiring, Richard Barrett's guidebook is an ideal companion to discovering this captivating route.
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|How the Hebridean Way came into being|
|Planning your trip|
|Selecting a schedule|
|When to walk|
|First and last nights|
|What to take|
|Planning day by day|
|Using this guide|
|Phones and Wi-Fi|
|All about the Outer Hebrides|
|Plants and flowers|
|The history of the Outer Hebrides|
|The Hebridean Way|
|Stage 1 Vatersay to Ardmhor|
|Stage 2 Eriskay to Howmore|
|Stage 3 Howmore to Baile nan Cailleach|
|Stage 4 Baile nan Cailleach to Lochmaddy|
|Stage 5 Lochmaddy to Berneray|
|Stage 6 Leverburgh to Horgabost Township|
|Stage 7 Horgabost Township to Tarbert|
|Stage 8 Tarbert to Aline|
|Stage 9 Aline to Laxay|
|Stage 10 Laxay to Stornoway|
|Additional stages to the Butt of Lewis|
|Stage 11 Stornoway to New Tolsta|
|Stage 12 New Tolsta to the Butt of Lewis|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|
|Appendix B Accommodation|
|Appendix C Common Gaelic and Norse name elements|
|Appendix D Further reading|