The Coffin Route

Grosebay, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3EF


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The crossing of South Harris is a walk of extremes; from the wild barren rock of the east to the fertile machair and white sands of the west; from acid to alkaline; from the hard life endured of those displaced during the clearances of the 19th century to the easy living of the holiday homes and luxury hotels of today. This route also marks the transition from life to death as this is the path once used by funeral parties to carry their dead to be interred in the deep soils of the west coast.

[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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  3. Seilebost is a small crofting village on the coast road along the west side of Harris.

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  3. Luskentyre Beach Hut is situated overlooking the world famous Luskentyre sands and sells…

    5.3 miles away
  4. Remains of chambered cairn

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  6. Talla Na Mara sits opposite Niseaboist beach, famed for its views across the sound of…

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  7. The beach at Luskentyre is the largest and most spectacular of all the Harris beaches.

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  10. Standing stone overlooking the beach near the village of Horgabost .

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    6.62 miles away
  12. Bag Steinigidh lies between Scarasta and Borve on the west coast of Harris.

    6.68 miles away
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