Hebridean Way Walking Route Section G: Lochmaddy to Berneray

Start: Lochmaddy, North Uist, Finish: Berneray or Leverburgh, Harris

Type:Hebridean Way Walking Route

North Uist: Beinn Mhor - looking over to Berneray
  • North Uist: Beinn Mhor - looking over to Berneray
  • North Uist: Ascent from Beinn Mhor
  • North Uist: Lochmaddy
  • North Uist: Beinn Mhor
  • Berneray: West Beach
  • Berneray: East beach

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Height Climbed: 301m / 987ft

Height Descended: 312m / 1,025ft

Terrain: 5 miles following waymarker posts over pathless moorland; 5 miles on quiet single track roads.

The Hebridean Way leaves Uist in style with this wonderful exploration of the island’s north east corner.

After a warm up of some gentle road walking and a short hike around the lower slopes of Blathaisbhal, it is time to head off along the minor road to Lochportain. This is one of the least visited parts of  Uist and is wild, lonely and beautiful country.

Just past a cattle grid the route strikes off over moorland, following the coastline to the lower slopes of Beinn Mhòr, the obvious hill in the distance. The terrain looks daunting but plentiful boardwalks and good waymarking makes the walking much easier than it looks.

Despite its name (the Big Hill in Gaelic), Beinn Mhòr is a mere 190m high and the ascent is much easier than it appears. On the way up take time to admire the fabulous views south over Lochmaddy and the watery landscape of North Uist. As you near the top equally amazing views open up to the north.

The waymarker posts show the way down off the hill and the route meets the road at Loch an Sticir, with its remarkable iron age island fort. A short section of road walking follows, with breathtaking views over turquoise seas, until a short causeway leads to the lovely island of Berneray. You can stop here for the night or if you prefer, you can take the ferry to Leverburgh (1 hour) and stay in Leverburgh. Both villages have a good selection of accommodation.

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



  • By Walking
  • Route Information - Route Status - Main
  • Route Information - Terrain - Waymarked moorland. Road.

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What's Nearby

  1. Close to the ferry terminal lie the slight remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to…

    0.03 miles away
  2. Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

    0.04 miles away
  3. A large seal with a forehead and less spots than the Harbour Seal. Males can be up to 3.3…

    0.04 miles away
  1. Cladh Maolrithe

    At Beinn a'Chlaidh - Hill of the Graveyard - there is a standing stone.

    0.54 miles away
  2. Giant Mackaskill Monument is located ti the South of Berneray.

    1.19 miles away
  3. Seal viewing point

    1.29 miles away
  4. Loch Bhurigh is easily accessible from the machair to the south of the island.

    1.36 miles away
  5. These two converted blackhouses now form the Berneray hostel site of the Gatliff Trust…

    1.43 miles away
  6. This is a large, heavy-billed diver can resemble a goose, especially in flight.

    1.45 miles away
  7. A truly stunning beach and was voted in 2021 as no. 3 in Lonely Planet's Top 20 Best…

    1.69 miles away
  8. Berneray and the nearby island of Pabbay lie in the Sound of Harris between North Uist…

    1.78 miles away
  9. The remains of a stronghold occupy the whole of a tiny islet in the middle of the tidal…

    1.79 miles away
  10. Ben Ghainche is a small hill situated at the north end of the beach at Bearsdaire

    2.24 miles away
  11. The Sound of Harris ferry runs between Berneray and Leverburgh. The route meanders round…

    3.06 miles away
  12. Larger of two British seal species.

    3.09 miles away
  13. Clachan Sands beach is a stunning white sandy beach which is accessible via the village…

    3.34 miles away
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