Local Walks

A great way to connect with the islands is by walking. Listed below are some favourite walks of varying length and difficulty

Berneray Island

This varied walk takes in the landscape of Berneray and offers breathtaking views from the highest hill. It also includes a standing stone, the attractive thatched hostel, and another one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Terrain: Mix of minor roads, boggy hill ground, machair and sandy beach. A map is required.
Grade: Medium
Time: 4 to 5 hours

Lochmaddy and the Hut of Shadows

This circular walk takes in the coastline of Lochmaddy, visiting a hidden camera obscura before heading through crofting land typical of North Uist.

Terrain: Good path returning along the single track road
Grade: Easy
Time: 2 to 2.5 hours

Balranald RSPB Reserve

The Balranald Nature Reserve is at the most westerly point of North Uist on the Aird an Runair peninsula. This clear route encircles the peninsula and offers great sea views as well as the chance to spot a wide variety of birds, including the elusive Corncrake. There is a visitor’s centre in the car park and on a clear day the islands of St Kilda are visible from the peninsula. There is a viewpoint on the hill behind the reserve that is well worth a drive up to for views across to St Kilda and down towards Benbecula and South Uist.

Terrain : Track, grassland, with some rougher sections and a short stretch of beach.
Grade: Easy
Time 1.5 to 2 hours

Langass Woodland Walk

This is a gentle, relatively sheltered walk through the woods on a gravelled path. There is a statue of Hercules the bear, who became known worldwide in 1980 when he escaped while making an advert for Andrex on the island. He was recaptured after about 3 weeks and went on to feature in the James Bond film Octopusy. When Hercules died in 2001 he returned to the island and is buried in the woods. His owner died in 2019 and as was his wish, is buried alongside Hercules.

Terrain: Gravelled wheelchair friendly track.
Grade: Easy
Time: 1 hour

Barpa Langass and the Stone Circle

This short circular walk visits two prehistoric sites – the spectacular chambered cairn of Barpa Langass along with the only stone circle on North Uist. The views are excellent but the walk is wet underfoot in places.

Terrain: The route over the hilltop is pathless but marked by wooden posts. It is very boggy underfoot. However the path to the cairn is good.
Grade: Medium
Time: 1 hours

Eaval (Eabhal)

Eaval is the highest hill on North Uist. Though only 347m in height its steep sides overlook the island and provide the best views of this beautiful landscape.

Terrain: Faint, boggy path to foot of Eaval, then pathless steep ascent. Rugged going throughout
Grade: Hard (Please make sure you have all the correct equipment and knowledge before attempting this walk)
Time: 5 to 6 hours +

Rueval (Ruabhal), Benbecula

The highest point on Benbecula provides a 360 degree view of the unique Hebridean landscape. This is a straightforward and relatively short walk. Park at the recycling centre on Benbecula. Follow the track for about half a mile with a loch on your right. The path then strikes off up the hill, marked with posts.

Terrain: Stony track, then moorland path over heather, steep in places but easy to follow.
Start: Park at recycling centre signed from A865 in centre of Benbecula.
Grade: Easy
Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

Loch Druidibeag, South Uist

A circular walk around the contrasting landscape of wildlife and flowers. The boggy moors and the dune habitat of the coastal machair create a varied walk to spot birds including corncrakes.

Terrain: Moorland path, minor road, grassy tracks on machair.
Start: Unsigned parking area, off B890, at bend, just east of A865.
Grade: Medium
Length: 3 to 4 hours

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