Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides ~ April to September ~ 8 days walking

The Outer Hebrides is a wonderful 8 day tour encapsulating all these spectacular islands have to offer.  Beginning in Barra take in Vatersay before heading ever north through the Uists, Benbecula, Harris to end at Lewis on a carefully chosen selection of routes at the most scenic and historic locations.

The islands provide a combination of walking on coastlines and over elevations with a feeling of space on landscapes with a history stretching back over 4000 years. Glistening white sand, colourful machair and aquamarine seas contrast the west coast against the more rugged eastern coastline.

EasyWays has designed a walking tour to make your Outer Hebrides visit an unforgettable outdoor experience that stays in the memory long after your depart the islands.

Witness vibrant crofting communities, visit Barra, its airport with sand runway, Eriskay, famous for the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the SS Politician shipwreck, the high point of Rueval, segmented between the magnificent beaches of the Uists on Benbecula before continuing on to Harris and Scalpay with Lewis the largest island and site of the amazing Callanish Stones, Dun Carloway Broch, Gearannan Black Houses to end at the Butt of Lewis the most northerly point of Hebrides.

Note – Please be advised that due to the absence of a bag transfer service, this tour is only available to walkers who will travel by their own vehicle or car hire.   The tour is designed to travel south to north over 8 nights at 4 locations with each location chosen to match the selection of walks listed on the tour itinerary.

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ROUTE TERRAIN

Moderate to Challenging

ROUTE SIGNPOSTING

Waymarked

NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

Easy to Moderate

Outer Hebrides

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Tour Start Point: Oban Ferry Terminal

Travel to Oban for the afternoon Calmac Ferry sailing to Barra.

Arrive in Castlebay early evening. Overnight Castlebay.

Vatersay/ Castlebay Beaches

This morning make the short journey south to the island of Vatersay to enjoy the magical beaches on a circular walk lasting just over 2 hours.  In the afternoon make the climb to the top of Heaval a 400 m summit just a short distance from Castlebay that overlooks all of Barra and Vatersay to the south.

Overnight Castlebay

Combined Walk Distance 12km / 7.5 miles

Eilogarry Peninsula / Island of Eriskay / South Uist / Benbecula

Today leave Castlebay behind and travel north to walk around the Eilogarry Peninsula on a circular walk that passes Barra Airport.  It is advisable to visit the local Coop In Castlebay for provisions before setting out as the airport facilities are currently undergoing refurbishment.

In the afternoon make the sail from Ardmhor Ferry Point to the Island of Eriskay where you can experience history at close hand by following in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie who landed here 1745 and the much later event of the grounding of the SS Politician that sank with over 250,000 bottles of whisky on board and inspired the novel by Compton Mackenzie and the later Ealing comedy film, Whisky Galore.  Walk these same glorious beaches before ending the day at your hotel destination on the adjoining island of South Uist.

Overnight South Uist

Combined Walk Distance 14km / 8.75 miles

South Uist / Benbecula / Isle of Flodaigh

The day of mainly beach walking on South Uist begins with drive to Cladh Hallan where your vehicle can be left at the Cemetery Car Park before walking on to the beaches south to Polochar (location of famous Polocher Inn).  Make a return on the same beaches to your vehicle and head north to visit the machair, thatched cottages and ancient chapel ruins at Howmore to end the day.

Overnight South Uist

Combined Walk Distance 16km / 10 miles

Tràigh Vallaigh / Sound of Harris / Renish Point

Today we journey north to the highest point on the island of Benbecula.  Rueval offers a fantastic 360 degree view of water, islands, beaches, and mountains. And on a clear day St Kilda can be seen to the West and Skye to the East.

We then leave Benbecula and cross the sea causeway to North Uist exploring the island’s wonderful beaches at Tràigh Vallaigh and Berneray to end with the mid-afternoon ferry crossing over the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh.

On arrival on Harris journey east to Renish Point to visit the Church of St Clements at Rodel then take the quieter west road on the island to travel north to Tarbert for the first of our two overnight stays.

Overnight Tarbert, Harris

Combined Walk Distance 24.5km / 15.3 miles Rueval / Tràigh Vallaigh / Renish Point

Harris - Coffin Road / Luskentyre / Eagle Observatory / Scalpay

A morning visit by spectacular road leads to the Harris Eagle Observatory nestled in the mountains where a number of pairs of these magnificent birds  are located.  Continue on to Loch Scourst if time permits before returning by the same path and driving back to Tarbet via Luskentyre for a circuit of this world famous beach, voted by some as the most beautiful in the whole of the UK.

After lunch take the short drive to Scalpay and enjoy the wonderful circular walking path around the island that reaches the remote Eilean Glas Lighthouse at the furthest point.

Overnight Tarbert, Harris

Combined Walk Distance 16.4km / 10.25 miles Eagle Observatory

Lewis - Callanish Standing Stones / Dun Carloway Broch and Moorland / Aird Laimisiadair Circuit

The penultimate stage of your Hebridean Tour visits Lewis where you can take a morning drive north to visit the Callanish Standing Stones, one of the most impressive prehistoric sites in the UK dating back over 5,000 years  Your walk combines the main site with two further stone circles nearby.

There is café facilities on the site for a lunch break and in the afternoon complete two further walks on the western side of the island, the Dun Carloway Broch and Moorland and the Aird Laimisiadair Circuit, Na Gearrannan circuits before heading east to Stornoway, the main town in the Outer Hebrides.

Overnight Stornoway

Combined Walk Distance 17km / 10.7 miles

Butt of Lewis / Stornoway

Your final day offers the opportunity to visit the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point on the Outer Hebridean Islands, where you can experience this remote location of magnificent beaches and dramatic scenery framed by an isolated lighthouse.  Then trace your route back to Stornoway and if time permits, visit the east side of the island and the beautiful beaches at Tolsta before spending some time around Stornoway on a walk to appreciate the history and architecture of the town including Lews Castle, the home of the medieval Lewis Chessmen. 

Overnight Stornoway

Combined Walk Distance 12.6km / 7.8 miles (Butt of Lewis and Stornoway)

Depart Ullapool

A final morning in Stornoway before the early afternoon ferry crossing of the North Minch stretch of water to the Scottish Mainland at Ullapool and home.

Price from £995.00 – per person based sharing a twin/double room

Single supplement – On request

What’s included?

  • 8 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. 
  • Breakfast each day
  • All Hebridean Main and Inter-Island ferry transfers including your vehicle of travel
  • Hebrides Guide Book
  • GPS Mapping App detailing full tour routing
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Evening meals
  • Packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel Insurance

STAGES & DISTANCES

Vatersay/ Castlebay Beaches

Combined Walk Distance 12km / 7.5 miles

Eilogarry Peninsula / Island of Eriskay / South Uist / Benbecula

Combined Walk Distance 14km / 8.75 miles

South Uist / Benbecula / Isle of Flodaigh

Combined Walk Distance 12km / 7.5 miles

Tràigh Vallaigh / Sound of Harris / Renish Point

Combined Walk Distance 24.5km / 15.3 miles (Tràigh Vallaigh / Renish Point / Ceapabhal)

Harris – Coffin Road / Eagle Observatory

Combined Walk Distance 24.5km / 15.3 miles (Coffin Road and Eagle Observatory)

Lewis – Callanish Standing Stones / Dun Carloway Broch and Moorland / Aird Laimisiadair Circuit

Combined Walk Distance 17km / 10.7 miles

Butt of Lewis / Stornoway

Combined Walk Distance 12.6km / 7.8 miles (Butt of Lewis and Stornoway)

Depart Ullapool

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