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The Hebridean Way

Long-distance walking route through Scotland's Outer Hebrides

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.


Best walked between April and October, when the days are longer; the weather is at its best and the ground underfoot is likely to be drier.


Starting at Vatersay, the routes crosses Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis to its current end in Stornoway.


The Hebridean Way is mostly a low-level, waymarked route that never ventures far from a road. However it requires careful planning as it crosses stretches of wild moor where there is no clear path and there are limited facilities near the route. As yet there is no baggage transfer provider.

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247km (155 mile) waymarked trail over rugged hills and along dazzling white shell beaches the length of the Outer Hebrides, from Vatersay in the south to Stornoway in the north, passing through 10 islands linked by causeways and ferries.
10 May 2017
12 May 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm

Guidebook to the Hebridean Way, a 155-mile (247km) trail across 10 of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands. This waymarked, multi-day route is ideal for a fortnight’s exploration, using mostly low-level paths and crossing a variety of terrain, from dazzling white shell beaches to rugged hills and wild moors.

  • The official waymarked route starts in Vatersay in the south and finishes at Stornoway in the north, via Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis
  • 10 daily stages of 10–22 miles (16–35km) in length, with optional 30-mile (48km) extension from Stornoway to the Butt of Lewis, which takes two days
  • Clear route descriptions with 1:50,000 maps and details of refreshments, public transport and accommodation
  • Includes notes on geology, history, plants and wildlife, and a glossary of Gaelic and Norse placenames
  • GPX files available for download

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Richard Barrett Cicerone author BARRETT

By Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and became a regular visitor. He lived in North Harris for a number of years, where he and his wife ran a guest house and, although now a city-dweller, he still makes frequent forays to the Hebrides, reconnecting with the wilderness and catching up with old friends.

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