The natural hues of the Hebrides - a blend of white shell-sand beaches, turquoise seas and the colourful wild flowers growing on fertile machair (coastal pasture) are exceptional, by any standards. This trip provides a unique chance to climb the most distinctive of the Outer Hebridean peaks.
The Uig Hills in west Lewis have possibly the most 'on the edge of the world' feel of any in Scotland. Mealisval or Griomaval will give us a memorable day with their wild and rocky landscape, before we relax on the dramatic cliff-fringed sands of Traigh Mangersta.
On North Harris we take on Clisham, at 799m the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides. Although steep we follow a path most of the way. From the summit the views extend as far as St Kilda in the west and the Uists in the south.
From Harris we take the short ferry-crossing to North Uist, where on the island's east coast the imposing and distinctive shape of Eaval dominates. From Eaval's summit we look down onto a maze of lochans that dominate the landscape.
On South Uist we follow the path winding around the pinnacles of jagged Beinn Mhor, at 620m the island's highest peak offering stunning views extending across to Skye.
Day 1 – Travel to Lewis
After your pick-up from Inverness Railway Station we will drive to Ullapool where you can spend the rest of the afternoon until we take the 19.00 ferry to Stornoway. The crossing takes 2.5 hours.
Day 2 - Lewis & Uig Hills
The remote western corner of Lewis offers wonderful walking on these rough rocky hills. Griomaval is the westernmost hill in Lewis and has a wild “edge of the world” feel with views out to the Flannan Isles and the open Atlantic. We finish with a visit to the beautiful sandy cove of Traigh Mangurstadh.
Day 3 - Lewis & Callanish
We visit the famous stone circle at Callanish on Lewis before climbing Toddun on Harris, poised above Loch Trollamarig. Although this is only a short climb, the way is steep, rocky and pathless; the view, however, more than rewards the effort. The deserted cottages on the lochshore provide a poignant reminder of the islands’ history.
Day 4 - Harris & Clisham
At 799 meters Clisham is the highest hill on the Outer Hebrides and provides a memorable day’s walk when combined with Mulla bho Dheas. On a clear day views from the summit extend as far as St Kilda in the west and the empty lands of Lewis to the north.
Day 5 - North Uist & Eaval
In the morning we take the ferry across the Sound of Harris where Eaval’s distinctive shape is a constant drawn on the North Uist landscape. Our route weaves around a maze of lochans to reach the summit from where you get an almost aerial view of this amazing “waterscape”.
Day 6 - South Uist & Beinn Mhor
At 620m Beinn Mhor is the highest hill on the Uists and showcases the drastic contrast between the remote and rocky east coast of the Hebrides and the long sweep of machair on the west. As an alternative, sometimes we explore the lovely island of Eriskay, scene of the incident made famous by the film “Whisky Galore”.
Day 7 - Depart Uist and travel back to Inverness
After breakfast and a brief visit to the stone circle of Pobol Fionn and the Bronze Age cairn at Barpa Langass we will take the morning ferry to Skye and continue our journey to Inverness.
Meet at Inverness Railway Station 14:15
Finish in Inverness 18:00
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Miss N Mc Hugh
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