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Routes in southwest Lewis

Routes in southwest Lewis


Postby rkors » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:34 am

I am looking at possibilities for multi-day hikes in southwestern Lewis and was wondering if anyone here has ever walked from Hushinish around Loch Reasort back to the coast at Breinis. Is the area north of the loch too boggy? Any advise would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby Caberfeidh » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:15 am

I think you can rest assured the entire island is too boggy. You're not going in midgie/clegg season are you? You'll get eaten alive! How about a coastal walk up the west coast of Harris? Lovely views, bail out at Tarbert.

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West Harris ~ Lovely.
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby jmarkb » Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:43 am

I think you would need to be prepared for a lot of very rough and boggy terrain, but if you keep to the higher ground there is a fair amount of exposed rock: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4032305
The river crossings at the head of the loch could be problematic after rain: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5720963
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby rkors » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:37 pm

Thanks for the advise. That photo resource is really useful!
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby Giant Stoneater » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:44 pm

We done the 3 Bhals in Glen Tamnasdail a few years back in relative dry conditions and there was a lot of wet,boggy and rough ground so I would expect worse on lower ground.
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby SummitStupid » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:44 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:How about a coastal walk up the west coast of Harris? Lovely views, bail out at Tarbert.


Lovely photo that Caberfeidh.
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby mynthdd2 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:45 pm

It is indeed boggy and a bit of a roller coaster height wise.....views however (between rain clouds) is amazing

AS for that photo? nobody go there at all - tell all your friends it is awful and not worth it PLEASE!!!!
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby Caberfeidh » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:29 pm

mynthdd2 wrote: AS for that photo? nobody go there at all - tell all your friends it is awful and not worth it PLEASE!!!!


Of course I'm only joking that photo was taken in Thailand. Harris is horrible and looks like this:

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Harris misery


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Harris stormyness


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Gale-lashed Harris


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The Terrible Tornado-lashed seas of Harris
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby ChrisButch » Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:37 pm

The stretch of coast south of Mealasta is actually pretty good going, and very fine. There are excellent routes from there eastward up to the Uig hills, again mostly good going underfoot.
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby SummitStupid » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:54 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:The terrible Tornado-lashed seas of Harris


That's it, I'm booking my Cal Mac ticket.
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby mynthdd2 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:12 am

CalMac are going through a bit of a rough time lately eg ferries breaking down and new ones undelivered by ship yard plus the inevitable weather cancellations - be flexible when you plan your trip - although of course the Western Isles are awful anyway - terrible place
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Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

Postby Caberfeidh » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:30 am

mynthdd2 wrote:...of course the Western Isles are awful anyway - terrible place


Skye too, the Mallaig - Armadale ferry is a ridiculously small, old-fashioned hulk which you have to reverse on or off of. And of course Skye is a terriible place of perpetual wind, rain and midgies anyway.
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