Local Walks

Clachan Sands

This is an easy walk along the beautiful wide sandy beach backed by machair full of beautiful flowers in the summer months. The walk can be cut short by returning at any point, or extended by venturing onto the adjacent Traigh Lingeigh, the next beach to the north. To reach the beach simply turn right at the end of the drive and go down the track to the end where you go through the gate and walk until you reach the sea.

Terrain – Track, fields, then sandy beach for most of the walk

Grade – Easy

Length – 1 – 1.5 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

Length – 1.5 - 2 hours

Lochmaddy and the Hut of the 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

Length – 2 – 2.5 hours

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

Length – 1 hours

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

Length – 4 - 5 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)

Length – 5 – 6 hours +

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