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Outer Hebrides Walk
The Isle of Scalpay circular, Harris

County/Area - Outer Hebrides

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 5.3 miles / 8.5 km    Ascent - 500 feet / 152 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference NG216972
Lat 57.877155 // Long -6.697685
Postcode HS4 3XZ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Isle of Scalpay circular, Harris Photo from the walk - The Isle of Scalpay circular, Harris
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A longer version of this five mile walk is available at Walk Highlands at www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/isle-of-scalpay.shtml. There are also other versions that shorten the walk in the reviews. The weather can alter so quickly in Harris it is good to have ways of getting back to the start point before visibility goes and/or you are completely soaked.

Having crossed on the bridge from Harris, turn first left, and park opposite the storage area in the tarmac bay off the road (grid ref.NG216972). Walk eastwards towards the stone quarry building and at the road junction turn right and continue past the track that leads to the house called Woodstock. At the next 3 houses turn left through the metal farm gate to follow the surfaced lane towards the fourth house. Turn right in front of it and go through a gate onto a track which heads left to Loch an Duin. Go left over a stile and footbridge and follow the path around the north of the loch.

From this point there are marker posts and it is possible to see the next one where the path is difficult to see in the boggy ground. They are numbered in reverse order. When you reach a fence pass through the gates and continue following the posts to the far end of Loch an Duin. Climb uphill from the stream and follow the posts which pass to the south of Loch Cuilceach.

The route leads up to Beinn Scorabhaig from which, in good weather, there are good views over the mountains of Harris. The Eilean Glas lighthouse is directly ahead and the path aims for it. At this point you can also see the new stone track on your right that leads to the lighthouse from Kennavay and it is at this point that I left the way-marked path and headed for the new stone track.

The track heads into Kennavay where it joins the road where you turn left and follow it, ignoring the side roads and continue northwards until you reach the main settlement on Scalpay. There is a community shop and café here, that is well worth the stop. Continue over the bridge at the head of Ceann a Bhaigh and follow the signs back to the Scalpay bridge and the car parking.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1621 Urgha Beag Circular (near Tarbert, Harris) - moderate - 11.8 miles/19.2 km

Walk 2442 An Cliseam, Isle of Harris - moderate - 3.0 miles/4.9 km

Walk 1165 The Quirang, Isle of Skye - easy - 3.2 miles/5.2 km

Walk 2806 Udal & Aird a' Mhorain Point from Greinetobht - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 1164 The Storr Sanctuary, Isle of Skye - easy/mod - 3.2 miles/5.2 km

Walk 2640 The Storr & Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 2002 Dun Caan, Isle of Raasay - moderate - 10.6 miles/17.2 km

Walk 2589 Marsco from the Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye - moderate - 8.7 miles/14.1 km

Walk 3760 Glamaig (Sgurr Mhairi & An Coileach) - mod/hard - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 1344 Beinn Alligin & Sgurr Mor, Torridon - mod/hard - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

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