Heaval, from Castlebay
Heaval is the highest summit on the Isle of Barra, and forms a dramatic backdrop to Castlebay. The ascent is short but very steep and rewards with stunning views on a clear day.
Road approach, then very steep ascent on mostly grassy ground, damp in places.
Castlebay is served by ferries from Oban, and from Lochboisdale on South Uist. It is also the hub for buses on Barra.
Ferry terminal / bus stop, Castlebay.
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, timings and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
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