Crabhadail Walk

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When it’s washed by turquoise waves coming in from the Atlantic, many people would rank the silver beach of Tràigh Huisinis as one of the most enchanting places there is anywhere in the world. The other beaches that can also be visited on this walk would also score fairly highly so if it’s a pleasant day you will undoubtedly want to wander along the shore and search among the rock pools. Because of this natural urge, the walk has been kept deliberately short.

[A longer version of this walk that includes an ascent of Huisinis Mhor 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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Map & Directions

Route Waypoints
  1. There is ample parking near the toilets, (NA 992121), which must be the most beautifully situated public conveniences in the UK. You would happily leave the door open to enjoy the view! Head north east across the machair, famous for creeping willow and Scottish bluebells (harebells), and then pass through a gate to gain access to the footpath, known locally as the “Stiamair”,
  2. Although the path is sound, it is rugged at times with an occasional steep drop down to the sea, so move carefully and give plenty of reassurance to the less confident in your party.
  3. At a junction in the path, strike out right up a pleasant little valley towards Loch na Cleabhaig (NB 005135).
  4. Keep going past the cottage to reach an un-named beach at Tharanais which is backed by the old sheilings and lazy-beds of Crabhadail.
  5. From here, follow the coast north west around the headland of Mellein to the beach opposite Scarp.
  6. Walk along the beach to its western end
  7. Pick up a path that soon rejoins the main route over the cliffs

Route Guides

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3h - 4h

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5 miles

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