I'm a bit behind with walk reports at the moment, but back in early July we spent a week based just outside Lochmaddy on North Uist. This was our first time in this part of the Western Isles, but we'd spent just over a week exploring Harris and Lewis the previous year in glorious sunshine. Unfortunately we weren't nearly so lucky on this occasion, with most of the week alternating between rain and thick fog. Not ideal on an island with little to do indoors...
Nevertheless we made the most of our trip. We couldn't leave the Central Belt until Sunday afternoon, so stayed overnight on Skye on Sunday night - with an visit to Fairy Glen in beautiful evening sunlight - before the Monday morning ferry from Uig to North Uist. It was a glorious start to the day, and was forecast to stay that way on the mainland. Unfortunately a front was pushing in further west, turning the skies cloudy just as we docked in Lochmaddy. The weather was forecast to deteriorate from the southwest during the day, so we stayed on North Uist, starting with a visit to Beinn Langais. This small hill has great views across the wet interior of the island, as well as a huge chambered cairn and a stone circle.
Path to the cairn:
A sign discourages entry but a door blocking access has been removed, so we may have had a quick peek:
A fainter path leads across the bog to the 91-metre summit of Beinn Langais:
Down the south east side of the hill, soon joining a new path coming across from Langass Woods:
ID's welcome for this pair of big birds circling overhead:
Pobull Fhinn stone circle:
Short detour to a boathouse on Loch Langais:
The path emerges on a road at Langais Lodge; from here it's a 15-min walk back to the car park.
A fascinating walk, and now the tide should have dropped enough for an ascent of Eaval!
>> Afternoon: Eaval
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