Walking on Harris and Lewis
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.
SeasonsBest enjoyed from Spring through Autumn, when the days are longer and the wind less persistent
CentresStornoway (Isle of Lewis), Tarbet (Isle of Harris)
Difficultyfor well-equipped, experienced hikers with good navigational skills
Must Seehigh hills meeting white sandy beaches at the edge of the Atlantic; stunning scenery with spectacular wildlife
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.
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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
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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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.View Articles and Books by Richard Barrett
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