North Uist and Berneray

North Uist and Berneray

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!


Walk Grade Length Time
Teampull na Trianaid, Carinish grade1km 20 minutes
South Berneray circuit grade4.5km 1.5 hours
Tràigh Hornais, Clachan Sands grade5.5km 1 hour
Balranald RSPB reserve grade5.75km 1.5 hours
Lochmaddy and the Hut of the Shadows grade7.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Tràigh an Iar, Malacleit grade9.5km upto 2 hours
Barpa Langass and the Stone Circle gradegrade3.25km 1 hour
Vallay (Bhalaigh) island, near Sollas gradegrade8km 2 - 2.5 hours
Aird a' Mhorain, Grenitote gradegrade9.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Berneray Explorer gradegrade12.25km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Lì a Tuath (North Lee), near Lochmaddy gradegradegrade9.5km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Eabhal (Eaval), North Uist gradegradegrade10.5km 4 - 5.5 hours
The Hebridean Way gradegradegradegrade 253km 12 days

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