North Uist is a remarkable landscape - or should that be waterscape - as much of the island is covered with a maze of freshwater lochans. Rising above this soggy tableland is the steep peak of Eaval and its neighbours the Lee hills, their stature greatly enhanced by the flat moors and water from which they rise. The north and western coastlines are a complete contrast to this wild hinterland, being fringed by some of the most spectacular sandy beaches you could ever hope to see.
Just off the northern tip of North Uist is the small island of Berneray, linked by a road causeway since 1999. This is the jumping off point for ferries across the Sound of Harris, but Berneray is a beautiful place and well worthy of exploration on its own account. Its massive west beach stood in for Thailand in a tourist brochure!
|Teampull na Trianaid, Carinish||1km||20 minutes|
|South Berneray circuit||4.5km||1.5 hours|
|Traigh Hornais, Clachan Sands||5.5km||1 hour|
|Balranald RSPB reserve||5.75km||1.5 hours|
|Lochmaddy and the Hut of the Shadows||7.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Traigh an Iar, Malacleit||9.5km||upto 2 hours|
|Barpa Langass and the Stone Circle||3.25km||1 hour|
|Vallay (Bhalaigh) island, near Sollas||8km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Aird a' Mhorain, Grenitote||9.25km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Berneray Explorer||12.25km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|Eaval (Eabhal), North Uist||10.5km||4 - 5.5 hours|
Karen Thorburn shares her personal perspective on St Kilda – Scotland’s ultima thule.
Half my lifetime ago, in 2002, I found myself on holiday with my parents, standing atop huge sand dunes overlooking a magnificent beach on the west coast of the island of Berneray in the Sound of Harris.Read more