Fancy a long distance walk with spectacular coastal scenery, fascinating history and unique wildlife? The Hebridean Way Walking Route takes in 10 islands, six causeways and two ferry crossings and covers 156 miles of this island chain that sits off the west coast of Scotland.
The route, which was developed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with support from the European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage, is the only dedicated walking trail to traverse the archipelago - providing walkers with an enticing opportunity to discover all that the islands have to offer.
Leading visitors through an ever-changing island landscape, the Hebridean Way Walking Route runs from Vatersay in the south to Lewis in the north and showcases the diversity of the Outer Hebrides’ environment - with wonderful wildlife and interesting archaeology along the way.
Listen for the call of the elusive corncrakes and spot ground nesting birds in the fertile coastal plains, see the ruins of ancient forts, or duns sitting on tiny islands in freshwater lochs, and pass stone circles and ancient burial mounds en route.
Callanish stone circle and burial mound on Lewis
Climb hills that offer amazing panoramas over the islands, or travel the famed Harris Coffin Road that provided a vital link between the settlements in the east and the burial grounds of the west in earlier days of island life.
Spend the night in a converted Hebridean black house hostel, or take the time to tour the new Harris distillery, maybe even sampling a wee dram, before pressing on toward the finish point at the fascinating Lews Castle Museum.
From flower-filled machair overlooking stunning turquoise seascapes, to inland lochs set in the shadows of the islands’ majestic mountains where golden eagles soar overhead, the Hebridean Way is a route where walkers will be rewarded with amazing memories.
Complimenting the separate 185-mile cycling route, the Hebridean Way Walking Route is up of waymarked routes, existing tracks, newly created paths and stretches of quiet country roads. You can immerse yourself in the island landscape by tackling the full length of the Hebridean Way, or simply conquering certain sections
Opened in 2017, the Hebridean Way promises to join other established long distance routes in Scotland such as the Caledonia Way and West Highland Way as a bucket list item for any keen walker.
For more information or to plan your route, visit https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do/activities/hebridean-way