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Walking on Harris

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Walking on Harris

I'm a solo traveler going to Harris in early June. Are there any guided walks, is it relatively safe to walk alone??

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Thank you - very helpful.

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There are other walk providers. Try Googling hillwalking in Harris.

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Try www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/ which lists lots of routes on Lewis and Harris. This site contains route descriptions and good quality maps.

Yes you can seek guided walks, but these may not coincide with your visit. The routes mentioned on WH vary from easy to energetic, and as far as walking alone is concerned, I'd day:

it's perfectly safe to walk alone. I dont think you will be attacked. In fact you are rarely along on Scottish hills; they're popular.

Some people get nervous about navigation. If the weather's cloudy, stick to lower/shorter routes where you are unlikely to get lost. Of course a lot depends on navigation expertise and previous experience ...

Read up what WH says about kit. Harris is not the same as a walk along the banks of the Stour.

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Going solo and walking in Scotland is safe to do. You may even meet other walkers on well trodden paths or those taking their dogs for a walk. Nice way to meet people.

I walk for hours alone and used to have a little pocket pack with a whistle in it to attract attention should the case arise. let someone at your accommodation know where you are going and what time they can expect you back. It is easy enough to mention this casually at reception. That way if you get lost or twist and ankle people will miss you and know where to send someone to look.

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Just to pick up on a couple of things from Derek G and suebovington's good advice: although a whistle is better than nothing, don't trust your life to one. When I was undergoing my training in the Cairngorms our instructor had us test how close we needed to be to hear a whistle. Even on open ground you need to be surprisingly near and in undulating terrain with a wind (like here in Harris) you have to be almost on top of someone to hear them whistle. Which brings me to the other point: I am often out all day on these hills and never see another soul, so don't expect anyone to come by. Unless you are on the Clisham, where I have occasionally seen as many as a dozen people strung out along the route up from the 'official' car park. My advice is the same as Derek and Sue with this addition: make sure your mobile is charged up and always have a rough idea, to within say 100m, where you are so you can tell the Coastguards/Mountain Rescue in the event of an emergency. Hope you enjoy your visit here.

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