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The Butt of Lewis from Eoropie

Outer Hebrides Walk

County/Area - Outer Hebrides

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.8 miles / 6.2 km    Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres

Time - 2 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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This short walk from Eoropie explores the northernmost land in the Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis. The route visits the beach and sand dunes at Eoropie before following a waymarked path that clings to the top of the cliffs to reach the Butt of Lewis with its lighthouse. The return to Eoropie follows a quiet road back into the village passing a patchwork of narrow fields typical of this area.

The start is the small car park behind the beach at Eoropie (grid ref. NB518648), which is signed off the B8103. After parking head towards the dunes and beach. Just after passing some picnic benches by stone walls, turn right off the tarmac onto a grassy path. Pass through a gate and continue down to the back of the beach to reach a stone bench. Follow the shoreline and pass through a gate in a fence. The coast path is waymarked and follows the top of the rugged cliffs for three kilometres to reach the lighthouse at Butt of Lewis (grid ref. NB520665). This exposed headland must see wild weather during the year with no protection from Atlantic storms and high seas.

It is worth spending som exploring the headland before turning south and walking parallel to the road with the sea on your immediate left. After 500 metres or so bear left to the road and follow it back into Eoropie across a wild windswept moor with a few grazing sheep the only sign of life. The road climbs a little before the houses at Eoropie come into view. Continue ahead at a crossroads and follow the B8103 around to the left. After 250 metres turn right to the car park.

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