Beinn Mhor and Hecla, South Uist

A rough, tough but magnificent hillwalk requiring good navigation. Beinn Mhor has a spectacular summit ridge and the other two peaks also have great character as well as superlative views. The route can easily be shortened to include just Beinn Mhor before returning the same way.


Short section of track, then rough pathless moorland, boggy in places. Narrow ridge on Beinn Mhor has no difficulties. Navigation between the peaks could be difficult in poor visibility; there is a magnetic anomaly on Hecla.

Public Transport

Daily (not Sun) bus between Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale.


On A865 in centre of South Uist, just north of Loch Dobhrain. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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