The Coffin Route

Grosebay, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3EF


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The crossing of South Harris is a walk of extremes; from the wild barren rock of the east to the fertile machair and white sands of the west; from acid to alkaline; from the hard life endured of those displaced during the clearances of the 19th century to the easy living of the holiday homes and luxury hotels of today. This route also marks the transition from life to death as this is the path once used by funeral parties to carry their dead to be interred in the deep soils of the west coast.

[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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Coffin Route (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Cafes may be closed outside the main tourist season

What's Nearby

  1. A semi- aquatic plant with large white flower heads.

    1.26 miles away
  2. The Clò-Mòr or Harris Tweed exhibition in Drinshader Harris, exhibits Harris Tweed…

    3.15 miles away
  3. Isle of Harris watercolour artist Margarita Williams of Holmasaig Studio Gallery, lives…

    4.17 miles away
  1. The Common Seal is the smaller of our two seal species and is often seen hauled up on…

    4.36 miles away
  2. The Sound of Taransay lies between the main west coast of Harris and the beautiful island…

    4.41 miles away
  3. Seilebost is a small crofting village on the coast road along the west side of Harris.

    4.57 miles away
  4. Open Tuesday to Friday inclusive every week - appointments can be made outwith those…

    4.63 miles away
  5. The first distillery in Harris has opened it's doors. The Harris Distillery is a working…

    4.71 miles away
  6. Designed by John R. Coleman Architects, it occupies a strategic position in Tarbert,…

    4.74 miles away
  7. The corncrake is a rare but characteristic Machair species, a similar shape, size and…

    4.75 miles away
  8. Frog Orchid, Northern Marsh Orchid, Early Marsh Orchid, Greater Twayblade, and Lesser…

    4.75 miles away
  9. Elegant white seabird with a black cap, orange bill and long forked tail.

    4.86 miles away
  10. Traigh Seilebost is a beautiful sandy beach on the south side of Traigh Luskentyre.

    5.08 miles away
  11. Luskentyre Beach Hut is situated overlooking the world famous Luskentyre sands and sells…

    5.3 miles away
  12. Large colourful day-flying moth found on the moors.

    5.47 miles away
  13. Remains of chambered cairn

    5.55 miles away
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