Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris

Although part of the same landmass as Lewis, Harris has a character of its own. The northern part of the island has the most extensive and highest range of mountains in the Outer Hebrides, a complex of ridges, glens and summits which is amongst the wildest in Britain. Apart from the highest summit - the Clisham (or An Cliseam) - the hills are quiet and provide superb outings for the hillwalking connoisseur.

The island narrows to a tiny neck at its main settlement, Tarbert, whilst to the south the character changes yet again. The eastern coast - deeply indented, bare, rocky and elemental - sees a series of tiny villages linked by tortuously twisting tarmac, whilst to the west is a strip of fertile machair, bedecked by flowers in early summer, as a foreground to one of the finest series of beaches in all the Hebrides.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Macleod's Stone and Traigh Iar grade2.5km 1 hour
Luskentyre Sands (Losgaintir) grade4.25km 1 hour
Harris Eagle Observatory grade5.25km 1 - 2 hours
Rubh' an Teampaill, Taobh Tuath grade5.5km 1.5 hours
Urgha to Rhenigidale gradegrade5.75km 2 - 3 hours
Crabhadail beach, Huisinish gradegrade7km 2 - 2.5 hours return
Renish Point, from Rodel gradegrade8km 1.5 - 2 hours
Scalpay and Eilean Glas Lighthouse gradegrade10km 3 hours
Harris Walkway 1: Scaladal to Tarbert gradegrade13.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Coffin Road circuit, Bays gradegrade14.5km 4 - 5 hours
Sron Ulladale stalkers' path gradegrade15.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Urgha and Maraig circuit gradegrade19km 6 hours
Harris Walkway 2: Tarbert to Seilebost gradegrade23.5km 6 - 7 hours
Clisham direct route gradegradegrade5.25km 3.5 - 4 hours
Conachair and Village Bay, St Kilda gradegradegrade5.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Ceapabhal, Taobh Tuath gradegradegrade6.75km 3 hours
Roineabhal, from Rodel gradegradegrade7.5km 3 - 4 hours
Beinn Dhubh, Losgaintir gradegradegrade11.5km 4 - 5 hours
Huiseabhal Mor ridge, Huisinish gradegradegrade13km 6 hours
Clisham horseshoe gradegradegradegrade14km 7 - 9 hours
Muladal, Ulabhal, Oireabhal & Cleiseabhal gradegradegradegrade15.25km 6 - 7 hours
Tiorga Mor gradegradegradegrade16.25km 6 - 7 hours
Uisgneabhal Mor, Teileasbhal & Stuabhal gradegradegradegrade20.25km 8 hours

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