Hebridean Way Walking Route Section B: Northbay to Daliburgh

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Barra: View from Beinn Bhaslain to Ardmhor
  • Barra: View from Beinn Bhaslain to Ardmhor
  • Ferry approaching Eriskay
  • Eriskay: Coilleag a'Phrionsa beach
  • South Uist: causeway linking Eriskay
  • South Uist: Machair flowers at South Boisdale
  • South Uist: beach at Garrynamonie
  • South Uist: wayfinder

About

Height Climbed: 134m / 440ft

Height Descended: 145m / 474ft

Terrain: Aprox 7.5 miles on grassy/sandy paths and tracks; 6.5 miles on quiet tarmac roads.

Today starts with a short walk to the Ardmhor ferry terminal and a great little ferry journey across the Sound of Barra to Eriksay. This small, rocky island is famous as the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 at the start his ill-fated Jacobite rebellion. It is also where the SS Politician ran aground in 1941 en route to Jamaica, its precious cargo of whisky rescued by resourceful islanders – a true story immortalised in the book and film Whisky Galore. Reminders of both events can be found as you walk along the island’s west coast.

After crossing the causeway to South Uist a quiet, single track road is followed to Pollachar, where one of the islands’ oldest hotels can quench the thirst of weary travellers. Pollachar marks the southern tip of Scotland’s longest beach, over 20 miles of exquisite shell sand that stretches the length of South Uist. The walk to Daliburgh follows delightfully easy grassy tracks and takes you along the edge of the beach, through fertile croft fields which are alive with singing birds in late spring and early summer.

The distances and timings above do not include any extra distance you may need to reach your accommodation for the night or ferries.

Map & Directions

Route Waypoints
  1. Leave the main road here and head up the small track towards the water works.
  2. Just before the entrance to the water works head left up the hillside.
  3. At the top of a small rise a line of waymarker posts becomes visible heading off to the right. Follow these across close cropped heather and damp moorland as the route leads you over the eastern flanks of Beinn Eireabhal. There is no path, so just follow the posts, but the walking is easier than it looks...
  4. As you gain height there are wonderful views of the north of Barra. The distinctive jagged outlines of the islands of Skye and Rum can be seen on the horizon.
  5. As you come round the shoulder of the hill the huge, sandy expanse of Tràigh Mhòr comes into view. If you have timed your visit well you may be treated to the sight of the Glasgow plane landing on the beach.
  6. Make your way down towards the beach, cross a stile then head right along the road.
  7. Turn left at the junction and follow the single track road to the ferry terminal at Ardmhor.

Along This Route

  1. Traigh Mhor is the beach where the plane lands - the only scheduled plane landing that…

  2. The chapel at Cille Bharra was perhaps founded as early as the 7th century AD, being…

  3. Traigh Eais is sandy beach over a mile long, bordered on the east side by a extensive…

  1. Great beach for a family outing or a quiet walk.

  2. Eriskay is famed for its Eriskay Jersey’s

  3. Whilst exploring Eriskay, you may come accross wild Eriskay ponies.

  4. This is a Bronze Age-Iron Age settlement excavated between 1989 and 2002.

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Route Guides

Route Time -

5h - 6h

Distance -

14 miles

Connection Transport -

Other

  • Route Information - Connection Transport - 1 Ferry

Grade -

Easy to Moderate

Terrain -

Other

  • Route Information - Terrain - Tracks. Road.

Route Type -

Walk

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