Mealaisbhal from Breanais, Uig

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Mealaisbhal is the highest of the Uig hills and the highest summit on Lewis. Its position on the western edge of the island - overlooking Uig Sands, the rocky neighbouring hills and a vast sweep of ocean - make it an unforgettable viewpoint. The ascent is pathless and boggy, most easily accomplished from the west as described here; the route can be extended to a rugged mountain day by continuing over the neighbouring hills.


Rough track, then pathless. Peat bog followed by steady ascent with boulders at summit.

Public Transport

Infrequent bus from Stornoway - not possible to reach and return in a day.


Block house at north end of Breanais. 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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