Please note the advisory on this section.
Height Climbed: 590m / 1,935ft
Height Descended: 586m / 1,922ft
Terrain: 9.5 miles on rough paths or wet, pathless moorland following waymarker posts; 3.5 miles on single track roads.
After crossing the Sound of Harris – a strong contender for Britain’s most spectacular ferry journey – the little village of Leverburgh is a fine introduction to the Isle of Harris. Established in the early 1920s by the island’s English owner, Lord Leverhulme, Leverburgh was intended to be a major fishing port. His plans never really took off – these days the village makes a welcome stop for visitors with B&Bs, a good restaurant and several shops.
Today’s walk is the toughest of the whole Hebridean Way, with long sections following damp paths or waymarker posts over wet, boggy moorland. The rewards, however, are considerable. Along the way you will pass the spectacular beaches of Scarista, Horgabost and Luskentyre on Harris’s west coast. The island of Taransay and the mountains of North Harris form superb backdrops to the world class views.
The section finishes with a tough little climb up a steep, rocky hill. It’s a tiring ascent but the views of Luskentyre beach and the saltmarsh at Seilebost make an unforgettable end to the day.
The distances and timings above do not include any extra distance you may need to reach your accommodation for the night.
The Sound of Taransay lies between the main west coast of Harris and the beautiful island…
Seilebost is a small crofting village on the coast road along the west side of Harris.
Frog Orchid, Northern Marsh Orchid, Early Marsh Orchid, Greater Twayblade, and Lesser…
The corncrake is a rare but characteristic Machair species, a similar shape, size and…
Traigh Seilebost is a beautiful sandy beach on the south side of Traigh Luskentyre.
Large Diving water bird present on the Harris coastline throughout the winter
Small diving waterbird
The beach at Luskentyre is the largest and most spectacular of all the Harris beaches.
Remains of chambered cairn
Talla Na Mara sits opposite Niseaboist beach, famed for its views across the sound of…
Standing stone overlooking the beach near the village of Horgabost .
Translated from Gaelic, Talla na Mara means the Centre by the sea. Overlooking Niseabost…
Inspired by Scottish coastal Iron Age buildings. Designed by Stuart Bagshaw (Private…
Remains of an Iron Age broch at NG032 940 near the village of Borve.
A semi- aquatic plant with large white flower heads.
Photograph © David Wilson
The book The Lewis Man starts with the body of a perfectly…