Heritage Trail from Tolsta to Port of Ness

Lochside, North Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0NF


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This is a walk packed with magnificent views, history and legend. The “Bridge to Nowhere” (NB 531501) which spans Abhainn Ghearadha is all that remains of Lord Leverhulme’s scheme to push a road through to Port Nis. Dùn Othail, (NB 543515), a natural fortress nearly 200ft high which is separated from the mainland by a steep ravine called Nicolsn’s Leap amd nedar the end Filiscleitir (NB558576) which is perhaps the highlight of the route.

[This walk is described in detail and illustrated with Ordnance Survey map extracts in 'Walking on Harris and Lewis' by Richard Barrett, published by Cicerone Press 2010. Unless otherwise indicated, all images used here are copyright of the author.]

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Heritage Trail from Tolsta to Port of Ness (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

What's Nearby

  1. Caisteal a' Mhorair (the Castle of the Nobleman) is one of the few probably medieval…

    0.42 miles away
  2. The Bridge was built - and there was meant to be a road that would ling Tolsta to…

    1.07 miles away
  3. Dùn Othail

    This striking pinnacle of rock can only be accessed with great care from the south, via a…

    1.57 miles away
  1. Gress Lodge Corn Mill

    Corn mill, Gress, 19th and early 20th century. The roofless ruin of a complex and…

    4.87 miles away
  2. Memorial erected to signify the land raid in Gress

    5.64 miles away
  3. A working craft centre featuring a blacksmith, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Here you…

    6.77 miles away
  4. Beautiful beach approximately five miles from Stornoway. Suitable for walking,…

    7.8 miles away
  5. Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is a visitor centre situated in North Dell on the main A857. Comunn…

    8.01 miles away
  6. Based in Ness on the Isle of Lewis, Taigh Dhonnchaidh offers musical and cultural…

    8.6 miles away
  7. A small group of well-used and maintained shielings with a track along a ravine to a…

    8.61 miles away
  8. Dunasbroc

    This is a small, steep-sided, conical stack situated close to shore near Aird Dell. It is…

    8.84 miles away
  9. Small, working studio gallery above the beach and harbour at Port of Ness on the Isle of…

    9.06 miles away
  10. Port Nis (Port of Ness) is in the parish of Ness, the most northerly parish in Lewis.

    9.1 miles away
  11. Loch Stiapabhat bird reserve and hide to watch golden plover, Lapwing, whooper swans,…

    9.42 miles away
  12. Clach Ghlas

    Clach Ghlas (NF 5281 3340) is an enigmatic triangular standing stone 1.7 metres high,…

    9.81 miles away
  13. Dùn Èistean is traditionally known as the stronghold of the Clan Morrison. Archaeological…

    9.86 miles away
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