Benbecula - East
Much like many of the islands in the Outer Hebridean archipelago, the East Side of Benbecula is littered with lochs and lochans giving it a distinctly wild feel and providing the perfect spot for a bit of outdoor exploration.
To get your bearings, climb to the top of Ruaval Hill – the island’s highest peak. From here you can enjoy stunning seascapes and, if you stay long enough, beautiful sunsets, as well as being able to count more than 90 lochs in the land below, according to local legend.
From the hill’s summit you can also trace the track that was followed by Bonnie Prince Charlie as he evaded the pursuing Red-Coat army after the bloodthirsty battle of Culloden. This five-mile route was featured on Monty Halls’ 2010 BBC broadcast Great Hebridean Escape – when he explored it on horseback for his own guidebook to the Outer Hebrides. The route is a popular choice of walk combining historical significance with spectacular island surroundings.
Other popular pastimes for visitors to the East Side of Benbecula include fly fishing for brown trout – which can be found here in abundance, or spotting the many examples of bird life on display in the area – from buzzards to hen harriers, and short eared owls to sea, or even golden, eagles.
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