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Walking on Uist and Barra.

Language: ENGLISH.
Author: Mike Townsend.
A handy guidebook to walking on the Uists and Barra, in the Outer Hebrides - with 40 graded day routes on (north to south) Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Mingulay. Routes range from easy beach walks to mountainous excursions and explore rugged hills, awesome sea cliffs, moorland and lochs.

best visited in the spring and summer, when the daylight seems endless and the coastal machair is ablaze with the blooms of wildflowers
Balivanich on Benbecula, the location of the main airport, and also the ferry terminals at Castlebay, Lochboisdale and Lochmaddy
varying distance and severity, from short, low-level beach walks to serious excursions across wild, mountainous terrain requiring sound navigational skills; all routes graded to aid selection
Must See
the white sands of Berneray, the lochs of North Uist, the hills and machair of South Uist, the romance of Eriskay, the fearsome cliffs of Mingulay and the iconic Kisimul Castle in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra

Located on the edge of north-west Europe, the islands that make up the southern end of the Outer Hebrides are places of staggering contrasts: rugged hills, shell sand beaches, awesome sea cliffs, caves and arches, moors and lochs. Although relatively accessible by air and by sea, much of the archipelago still remains unspoilt. Few who go there venture far from the roads.

The 40 graded day walks described in this guide take in the full range of terrain in this unique island group visiting Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Mingulay.

This guidebook includes a selection of easy, coastal walks along beaches and cliffs but also some wilder and mountainous routes further inland, on Uist and Barra and on the offshore islands.

  • a variety of day walks across the islands from 3km to 17km
  • illustrated with OS map extracts and photographs
  • lots of information about wildlife, geology and history to accompany each route
  • Language: ENGLISH.
    Island touring and day rides by Richard Barrett.

    Comprehensive guidebook of 22 link routes, 37 day rides and 11 suggested island tours throughout the Inner and Outer Hebrides and the Firth of Clyde with ferry schedules and timings. Routes ranging from rides suitable for a weekend break to a challenging 600-mile tour covering the entire region. All the information needed to plan the perfect tour.

    best from Spring to early autumn (April to September)

    Arran, Bute, Great Cumbrae, Gigha, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Coll, Tiree, Kerrera, Lismore, the Slate Islands, Skye, Raasay, Rhum, Barra, South and North Uist, Harris and Lewis as well as the mainland ferry ports of Ullapool, Mallaig, Oban, Kennacraig and Ardrossan.

    suitable for any reasonably fit cyclist to enjoy

    Must See
    skimming the white-sand beaches of Tiree and Harris on long coastal excursions; tackling the hilly terrain of Skye and Arran on inland trips; crossing the windswept peat moors of the Western Isles

    Island hopping through the Hebrides and the islands in the Firth of Clyde by bike is a magical and varied experience.

    The islands give a range of riding conditions that vary from the steep hills of Arran and Skye to the windswept peat moors of the Western Isles. Coll and Tiree barely rise above sea level and provide easy rides as long as there is little wind, rides on Mull are challenging whatever the weather, while visitors to a compact island like Great Cumbrae will find a surprising variety of cycling in a small area.

    Whether you?re putting together a fortnight?s tour or just enjoying a few day rides from a single base, this comprehensive but pocket-sized guide is packed with useful information to make the most of your trip.

  • 22 link routes and 11 suggested tours, ranging from weekend breaks to 600-mile epics
  • over 35 day routes, covering all the essential sights in the Hebrides, with details of history and wildlife
  • all illustrated with colour maps, profiles and photographs