Hebridean Way Walking Route Section L: Balallan to Stornoway

Start: Balallan, Finish: Woodlands Centre, Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway

Type:Hebridean Way Walking Route

Stornoway Harbour from Lews Castle Grounds
  • Stornoway Harbour from Lews Castle Grounds
  • Mick Blunt
  • Laxay - Harris hills
  • Laxay
  • View from Achmore
  • Traffic on Pentland Road
  • Pentland Road Sheiling
  • Hebridean Way monolith in Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway
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Height Climbed: 531m / 1741ft

Height Descended: 560m / 1838ft

Terrain: 11 miles tarmac road, 6.5 miles rough track or moorland path.

The final section of the Hebridean Way is a challenging 17.5 miles. If this is too far for you there is limited B&B accommodation available in the village of Achmore.

Leaving Balallan along the main Stornoway – Tarbert road, after 3 miles the route branches out into the wilds of the Lewis moorlands. On a good day this is magnificent walking, with many beautiful freshwater lochs along the way and views stretching from the mainland hills in the east to the island of Great Bernera off the west coast of Lewis. The hills of North Harris and Uig crowd the southern and western horizons.

After reaching Achmore a long but attractive stretch along unfrequented single track roads eventually leads you into the outskirts of Stornoway. Soon you enter the Castle Grounds and a lovely riverside walk takes you to Lews Castle and the end of your journey.

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 - Road. Track. Moorland Path.

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