Heritage Trail from Tolsta to Port of Ness

Lochside, North Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0NF


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This is a walk packed with magnificent views, history and legend. The “Bridge to Nowhere” (NB 531501) which spans Abhainn Ghearadha is all that remains of Lord Leverhulme’s scheme to push a road through to Port Nis. Dùn Othail, (NB 543515), a natural fortress nearly 200ft high which is separated from the mainland by a steep ravine called Nicolsn’s Leap amd nedar the end Filiscleitir (NB558576) which is perhaps the highlight of the route.

[This walk 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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Heritage Trail from Tolsta to Port of Ness (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

What's Nearby

  1. The Traigh Mhor is a mile long sandy beach at North Tolsta in the unspoilt north east…

    0.4 miles away
  2. Caisteal a' Mhorair (the Castle of the Nobleman) is one of the few probably medieval…

    0.42 miles away
  3. Triaigh Ghearadha is a beautiful sandy beach at the end of the B895 road in the unspoilt…

    0.55 miles away
  1. Low to medium growing with globular flowerheads, found on coastal grassland and…

    0.6 miles away

  2. Photograph © David Wilson

    This is the location, in the book The Chessmen, of a…

    0.66 miles away
  3. The Bridge was built - and there was meant to be a road that would ling Tolsta to…

    1.07 miles away
  4. Dùn Othail

    This striking pinnacle of rock can only be accessed with great care from the south, via a…

    1.57 miles away
  5. Gress Lodge Corn Mill

    Corn mill, Gress, 19th and early 20th century. The roofless ruin of a complex and…

    4.87 miles away
  6. Memorial erected to signify the land raid in Gress

    5.64 miles away
  7. A working craft centre featuring a blacksmith, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Here you…

    6.77 miles away
  8. Tiumpan Head is located at the far eastern end of the Eye peninsula on Lewis

    7.52 miles away
  9. Beautiful beach approximately five miles from Stornoway. Suitable for walking,…

    7.8 miles away
  10. Overlooking the bay at Skigersta Harbour is Fin's Aunt's house.

    7.98 miles away
  11. Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is situated in North Dell in the former Cross Primary School. It…

    8.01 miles away

  12. Photograph © David Wilson

    Skigersta harbour is where Peter May imagined to be…

    8.06 miles away
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