Walking on Harris and Lewis
30 day walks exploring the islands
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 the Butt of Lewis lighthouse.
Seasonsbest visited from early spring through to early autumn, although even then the weather can be unpredictable
CentresTarbert on Harris and Stornoway on Lewis are the main centres, but reaching most walks will involve travel
Difficultymaps of the area show few footpaths but this guide offers a selection of full days in the high hills with classic horseshoe routes, traverses and ridges, together with shorter, lower-level walks to world-famous heritage sites and antiquities
Must Seewith stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife and numerous antiquities, Harris and Lewis are one of the last refuges for walkers looking for memorable days out in a remote setting
This guidebook describes 30 day walks all over the Isles of Harris and Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. The walks range from 2 and 14 miles (4 to 22km) in length, and are easily accessible from Stornaway or Tarbet.
Routes vary from short strolls to long wilderness hikes, high-level and low-level, and include the An Cliseam horseshoe, visits to ancient historic monuments like the stone circles of Calanais and the famous Butt of Lewis lighthouse, all illustrated with OS 1:50,000 maps and dramatic photography.
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. Tips are also included 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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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 author profile
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