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Walks in lewis and Harris

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Walks in lewis and Harris

Hi can anyone advise me of some recommended walks in Harris and Lewis. I know there will be plenty so any tips will do - bearing in mind we don't mind hill walking but haven't done a monroe for many years!!!

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The walk from Urgha (near Tarbert) to Rhenigidale known as the postman's walk is excellent.

…visitscotland.com/virtual_walks/harris_coas… gives details of another wonderful walk.

I am sure that when you get to the island it will be possible to buy a book giving details of other walks

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Thankyou will check it out - Ceri

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Call in at Tourist Information when you arrive as they will have information on walks.

We bought a copy of Mary Welsh "Walking the Western Isles" but would NOT recommend it. The maps were poor. The descriptions were full of purple prose about larks rising from your feet...daisies growing ... but didn't give clear direction. They were confusing and often difficult to follow on 1:25000maps. I did wonder whether she had actually done the walks.

Amazon have this :

amazon.co.uk/gp/…

I've not seen or used it but the contents page does sound as if it covers a lot of interesting walks.

It might also be worthwhile getting the 1:25000 Explorer maps for Harris and Lewis . Unfortunately you need 6 to cover the area: 455-460.

Some ideas to get you started.

HARRIS

Drive along B887 (Huisinis Road). Just before Miabhaig GR 100062 there is a track north which follows the river into the wilds of North Harris. From memory I think we managed to park near the start of the track

Continue driving and park just before the gates of Amhuinnsuide Castle. There is a well made track to a power station and dam on Loch Chliostair. From the dam there is a made path (?made for shooting and hunting parties) which heads north towards Loch Uladal. This is a brilliant walk which we discovered by accident as it doesn't feature in any of the books.

Continue the drive to the end of the road at Huisinis for views across to Scarp. It is also possible to potter here.

We also like to park just off the A859 on the start of the Losgaintir Road and walk along the road to the end. From there it is an easy walk across to the headland with amazing views.

The Golden Road is also good to walk and the best way to enjoy it. We usually park around Fionnsabhagh and then walk both ways. There are assorted old tracks off the road you can explore. There is always the bus back too.

A WORD OF CAUTION ABOUT THE COFFIN ROAD

All the books describe the coffin road between Seilebost on A859 to Ceann a Bhaig on the Golden Road. This goes over the peat. Now it may have been improved as it is a few years since we walked it (never again) from Seilebost. . We should have been warned by the decrepit style at the start. The track disappeared into the bog. It was way marked but somehow the way marks were in the middle of knee deep wet peat. We had to route find our way between standing water and peat hags. We kept hoping it would improve. It didn't until we began to drop down to the Golden Road. This bit of the walk was pleasant but over all we felt it didn't live up to the hype.

LEWIS

For a good long tramp into the middle of nowhere, there is a track off A859 just north of Scaladal Outdoor Centre. This heads up into the hills and Loch Langabhat

Alternatively take B8011 to Uig.

At Miabhaig take a right turn and park near the chapel. There is a lovely walk along the roads round the peninsula to the east.

Continue to Uig and drive along the unclassified road toward Mealasta. Just after the Carnais turn there is parking and a well made track off to the south which runs through the hills to Loch Tamnabhaig with about 3 houses.

From Stornoway take the B895 road up the east coast to Tolsta, Either park in the big car park by Tolsta Beach (good for tramping ) and walk to the end of the road. Alternatively drive to the end and park. Follow the track across the Bridge to Nowhere and round the headland until it disappears into the peat. It is possible to walk to Niss form here but unless it has been an incredibly dry season this is only for head bangers as you head across peat. This is very wet and the drier areas can shake frighteningly as you walk across them.

Drive north up to west coast and park at Eoropaidh. Visit St Moluag's church and then walk along the road to Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. From here there is a lovely walk back along the cliffs to Eoropaidh. You can also continue the walk south of Eoropaidh.

One thing you may find is that walks described in the books don't exist on the ground. Route finding may be difficult unless there are very clear details. Peat and streams cause problems.

Many of the roads are so quiet that you can walk these and there are some good walks. We always like Great Bernera and usually see golden eagles around here.

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The walk on Great Bernera is really great, park at the community centre and walk down the road to Valasay, cross the footbridge and you are on the well marked trail to Bosta beach, then return via the road back to the community centre. We came across highland cattle resting right by the road and took lots of pics of them.

We stayed in Siabost, walked to the beach and just continued along the shoreline until we noticed there were trail markers so we started following them and ended up at Dalbeg beach, it was not much further to Dalmore beach and we wish we had continued on to it, we meant to get to that beach later on but never did as we ran out of time.

This isn't a walk, but we had great fun exploring the huge beach near Uig, we were there in November and had the entire beach to ourselves, it was absolutely wonderful.

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There is aprogramme of walks all summer..the Tourist office have the leaflets and maps..The walks are guided and cost nothing.

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Thanks everyone for all your help - really looking forward to it. Just hope it doesnt bucket with rain the whole time! But got the gear and hey, live in Scotland anyway so well use to it !!!

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Hate to tell you..you missed Summer..it was yesterday..back to the rain today :-(

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oh no cheers - need plenty of wine and board games then !!!

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Waterproofs and sturdy footwear...

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