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Detailed Route Instructions

Section A - Vatersay to Northbay

Grade

Moderate

Type

Walk

Description

The Hebridean Way starts in spectacular surroundings at the beaches of Vatersay before heading north for a memorable day's hiking over the hills of Barra. Sensational sea views all the way!

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1
    The Hebridean Way starts outside Vatersay village hall - a fittingly beautiful start to a wonderful walk. Make sure you visit Vatersay's two spectacular beaches, one either side of the hall, before setting out along the road towards Castlebay.
  2. 2
    Just below the road is a memorial and the remains of a Catalina flying boat that crashed on the hillside above here in 1944.
  3. 3 Continue along the pleasant single track road until you come to the Vatersay causeway. Built in 1991, this vital link with Barra is widely credited with saving Vatersay - without it there is a good chance the island would have been abandoned.
  4. 4
    A few hundred metres after the causeway the path leaves the road and heads left up the hillside.
  5. 5
    Take your time on the climb and remember to keep looking back. The views to Vatersay and the uninhabited Bishop's Isles to the south are superb.
  6. 6
    There is no path but wooden waymarker posts show the way over Beinn Tangabhal.
  7. 7
    Before crossing the stile make a short detour down to the shore to see the remains of Dun Bàn, an iron age fort set in a spectacular location on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic.
  8. 8
    Continue along the coast, following the waymarkers as they lead you past some fine rocky scenery, to the beautiful beach at Halaman Bay.
  9. 9 On reaching the road turn left and walk past the attractive Isle of Barra Beach Hotel.
  10. 10
    Turn right at Craigston and continue past a school and church.
  11. 11
    At the end of the tarmac road continue along the good track that lies ahead.
  12. 12
    A good path follows on from the end of the track.
  13. 13
    As the path climbs up the hillside the views behind you improve with every stride.
  14. 14
    The path ends at a gate. Go through this then cross a stile and turn right up the hillside. Wooden marker posts show the way through the overgrown heather.
  15. 15
    After a while you will reach a high point. Start descending across the rough moor, following the marker posts and keeping an old fence on your right.
  16. 16 Follow the posts away from the old fence.
  17. 17
    Turn left along a grassy track that takes you along the shores of the beautiful Loch an Dùin.
  18. 18
    On reaching the main road turn right.
  19. 19
    The Hebridean Way turns left here onto a small track that leads to a water works. However, if you are staying the night in Northbay, keep straight on along the road and you will reach the village in under a mile. There is fair amount of places stay within a 5 mile radius of this point, with a hotel around a mile away.

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