After a scenic ferry from Uig on the Isle of Skye or a flight landing in Stornoway, your trip begins at your accommodation in the village of Leverburgh.
B&B in Leverburgh (breakfast)
Red 2 (grade) 18km with 400m ascent, 350m descent
This first stage is one of the most varied on the Northern Island, with stunning views of the white beaches and turquoise seascapes of Northton, Scarista and Horgabost. A low-lying route, the challange of the day is the traverse over wet ground.
B&B near Horgabost (breakfast)
Red 3 (grade) 29km with 600m ascent, 650m descent
Today's stage, although long, follows mostly good paths and quiet single-track roads. Soak up the final views of Horgabost, Sheileboist and Luskentyre beach and head East to the Bays of Harris along the 'Coffin Route' once used by islanders on the East coast to carry bodies for burial to the graveyards of the West. The day ends at Tarbert, the tiny capital of Harris.
Hotel in Tarbert (breakfast)
Blue 3 (grade) 15km with 290m ascent, 170m descent
A shorter walk today, as the route heads North out of Tarbert. The walking is good, following mostly old roads and tracks. There's a section of wetter ground at the end of the day before the path descends to Scaladale on the edge of Loch Seaforth.
B&B off route near Scaladale (breakfast)
Red 3 (grade) 26km with 400m ascent, 400m descent
The day begins with stunning views up into Gleann Sgaladail and down Loch Seaforth. The trek is completed with a modest half-day stage to the road. Come to Aline woodlands (a failed experimental forestry plantation) and join the old road to Stornoway. At Airidh a Bhruaich the route heads out onto the moor. The path is wet in places but easy to follow. Later reach Baile Aleain (Balallan), one of the longest villages in Scotland and in the final stretch before Laxay cross over Abhainn Lacasaidh, one of Scotland's finest salmon fishing rivers.
B&B in Laxay (breakfast)
Red 2 (grade) 24km with 300m ascent, 320m descent
The final section of the Hebridean Way is a walk of two distinct parts. The first stretch crosses the moorlands of Lewis on a raised turf path with stunning views stretching from the mainland hills in the East to the island of Great Bernera off the west coast of Lewis. After reaching the small village of Achmore, the route changes and now follows single track roads to the outskirts of Stornoway and the delightful Lews Castle which marks the official end of your journey.
B&B in Stornoway (breakfast)
Enjoy your last breakfast in Stornoway before departing from the trip. Take the ferry to Ullapool and enjoy the views back to the islands and forward to the mainland. If time allows this is a good chance to explore the remote North West corner of Scotland, before taking the bus to Inverness for onward travel by train or bus.
The stages on our standard Hebridean Way are already quite long, however if you’re up for a quick dash across the islands we’d suggest walking from Tarbert to Laxy in 1 stage. This gives a very long stage of 40km, so it’s harder to recommend, but please do contact us for more information.
Make the trip longer
For anyone looking to shorten the stages of the trek, we are more than happy to advise about splitting up the longer days, however this will mean using more transport. We suggest splitting up the long day between Horgabost and Tarbert where the route meets the road at Groesabhagh. Transport will then be taken for a further night in Tarbert.
Hebridean Way South (Self-guided)
1 September to 20 September 2020
2 May to 17 September 2021
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