Walking on Harris and Lewis

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9781852848187
Published
14 Aug 2015
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
220g

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Guidebook to 30 day walks on the Isles of Harris and Lewis, in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Walks range from 2 to 14 miles; combining all-day routes in the high hills to short, lower-level walks that visit the world-famous heritage sites. Routes include the An Cliseam horseshoe, the stone circles of Calanais and Butt of Lewis lighthouse.

Seasons Seasons
Best enjoyed from Spring through Autumn, when the days are longer and the wind less persistent
Centres Centres
Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), Tarbet (Isle of Harris)
Difficulty Difficulty
for well-equipped, experienced hikers with good navigational skills
Must See Must See
high hills meeting white sandy beaches at the edge of the Atlantic; stunning scenery with spectacular wildlife
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852848187
Published
14 Aug 2015
Edition
Second
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
Weight
220g
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 30 day walks on the Isles of Harris and Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. The walks range from 4 to 22km, and are easily accessible from Stornaway or Tarbert. Routes vary from short strolls to long wilderness hikes, both high-level and low-level, all illustrated with OS maps and dramatic photography. Highlights include the An Cliseam horseshoe, the stone circles of Calanais and the famous Butt of Lewis lighthouse. The routes take in most of the main summits as well as historical and geographical places of interest. A list of all the Marilyns (British hills of any height with a drop of at least 150m on all sides) on Harris, Lewis and St Kilda is included at the back.

    Much of the Long Island, as it is known, is remote and walkers are not likely to encounter anyone else in their explorations, so these walks are for well-equipped, experienced hikers with good navigational skills. Tips are given about walking on St Kilda, Berneray, Taransay, The Shiant Islands and The Flannan Isles, along with a short Gaelic glossary and route summary table, and advice on practicalities to make the most out of any walking trip on Harris and Lewis.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    Geology
    Flowers and vegetation
    Wildlife
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Where to stay
    Safety considerations
    Midges
    Footwear
    Access
    Maps
    Place names
    How to use this guide
    Harris
    Introduction
    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
    Lewis
    Introduction
    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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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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