Tolsta Head and Traigh Mhor

Tolsta Head - Rubha Tholastaidh in Gaelic - is a cliff-girt headland projecting from the east coast of Lewis. This walk gives some fine coastal cliff scenery as well as bird and sea-mammal watching opportunities. A short but very steep descent then leads down to Traigh Mhor, one of Lewis' finest beaches.


No path, very boggy and unprotected clifftops. Extremely steep grass descent, then sandy beach and minor road.

Public Transport

North Tolsta is well served by bus from Stornoway.


Very small parking area at NB544467, North Tolsta. 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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