Hebridean Way Walking Route Section B: Northbay to Daliburgh

Start: Northbay, Barra, Finish: Daliburgh, South Uist

Type:Hebridean Way Walking Route

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

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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.



  • By Walking
  • Route Information - Connection Transport - 1 Ferry
  • Route Information - Route Status - Main route
  • Route Information - Terrain - Tracks. Road.

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What's Nearby

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

    0.34 miles away
  2. St Peters Catholic Church
    0.41 miles away
  3. The Common Twayblade is an orchid which can be found around Loch Thallan.

    0.48 miles away
  1. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beaches…

    0.48 miles away
  2. This rather fat looking, sparrow-like bird is found in the area around the cemetery or to…

    0.64 miles away
  3. Along the west coast of UIst lies around 20 miles of stunning white beaches.

    0.72 miles away
  4. This rather slim, sparrow-like bird can be found in the reed bed or in small flocks…

    0.74 miles away
  5. A well-preserved aisled wheelhouse was excavated in 1952 in the machair at Kilpheder…

    0.82 miles away
  6. Church of Scotland
    0.98 miles away
  7. A week long event of Gaelic song, dance and music.

    1.11 miles away
  8. Common Seals can be found along the rocky areas inshore at low tide.

    1.14 miles away
  9. Found along the coast amongst rocky pools.

    1.14 miles away
  10. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    1.98 miles away
  11. Along the west coast of South UIst lies around 20 miles of stunning white beach and…

    2.44 miles away
  12. A good area to see this species during the spring and summer.

    2.58 miles away
  13. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    2.82 miles away
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