The Hebridean Way
Long-distance walking route through Scotland's Outer Hebrides
by Richard Barrett
Guidebook to walking the Hebridean Way, a 155 mile (247km) walking route along the length of the Outer Hebrides.
From the island of Vatersay to Stornoway on Lewis, the waymarked route can be walked in 8-13 days and crosses a variety of terrain including shell beaches, rugged hills and wild moor. Also includes an extension to the Butt of Lewis.
Launching in 2017, the Hebridean Way offers walkers the opportunity to experience the magic of Scotland's Outer Hebrides in one inspirational journey.
The waymarked route stretches 247km (155 miles) from Vatersay to Stornaway, linking ten major islands of the archipelago by means of causeways and two ferry crossings: Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis.
Suitable for most walkers with a moderate level of fitness, it can be completed in 814 days and is rich in natural, historical and cultural interest.
Seasons - Best walked between April and October, when the days are longer; the weather is at its best and the ground underfoot is likely to be drier.
Centres - Starting at Vatersay, the routes crosses Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis to its current end in Stornoway.
Difficulty - The Hebridean Way is mostly a low-level, waymarked route that never ventures far from a road.
However it requires careful planning as it crosses stretches of wild moor where there is no clear path and there are limited facilities near the route.
As yet there is no baggage transfer provider.
Must See - 247km (155 mile) waymarked trail over rugged hills and along dazzling white shell beaches the length of the Outer Hebrides, from Vatersay in the south to Stornoway in the north, passing through 10 islands linked by causeways and ferries.
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