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  • Looking out over the Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
    The Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
  • Traigh Sheileboist at Seilebost, looking towards Luskentyre from Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
    The Outer Hebrides boasts stunning coastal scenery
  • View south east across Benbecula towards South Uist, from the top of Rueval on Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
    Rueval, the highest point on Benbecula, offers fantastic 360 degree views of the island
  • North Uist and Eaval from the top of Rueval on Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
    Most walkers are rewarded with stunning views

Walking around the Outer Hebrides provides an opportunity to see the unspoilt beauty of Europe’s hidden gem.

Explore the stunning isles of the Outer Hebrides

The chain of Outer Hebridean islands boasts a total of 200km of shoreline from the empty white beaches to the peaty moorland, through abandoned villages and castle grounds, the islands offer a fascinating insight into the changing landscape of the Outer Hebrides over billions of years.

The islands’ ancient history is there for all to see. The mysterious prehistoric Callanish Standing Stones are just one of the historic sites to see on one of the many walking routes throughout these stunning isles.

Below is just a small selection of the many trails you could choose. Find out more about walking routes, printable maps and GPS waypoints on the Outer Hebrides.

Easy walks

  • The Lewis West Side Coastal walk
    Distance:  18.75km; duration: 6-7 hours
    This fine walk follows the clifftops, stacks and bays of the coastline between An Gearrannan and Bragar. Although linear the walk is served by buses and could be shortened by heading inland to reach the main road at a number of points.

  • Luskentyre Sands
    Distance: 4.25km; duration: 1 hour
    Luskentyre Sands’ magnificent setting has helped it be crowned the finest beach in the UK. This walk heads across the sands and then above the shoreline before returning through the village. Note that the route is impassable at high tide.

  • Castlebay and Ledaig shore
    Distance: 3km; duration: 1 hour
    Following minor roads and good paths this short walk heads east from Castlebay to a small headland overlooking the islet of Orasaigh. It has great views of the bay as well as a rocky shore to explore with a chance to watch seals and other wildlife.

  • Lews Castle Grounds
    Distance: 6.5km; duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
    An easy but delightful walk from the centre of Stornoway exploring the stunning coastal grounds of Lews Castle. The route follows smooth paths and tracks and is suitable for some buggies.

  • Rubh' an Teampaill, Taobh Tuath
    Distance: 5.5km; duration: 1.5 hours
    This route heads past some superb beaches to reach a magnificent ruined medieval chapel with spectacular coastal views. The grassy route is dry and fairly level underfoot - a rarity on Harris.

Moderate walks

  • Great Bernera Trail
    Distance: 11.25km; duration: 3 - 4 hours
    Great Bernera is the largest of many islands in Loch Roag off the shores of Lewis. An exploration of the island on foot makes for a great half day; the route follows faint and sometimes wet paths up the west side of the island to the magnificent beach at Bostadh before returning along the quiet minor road.

  • Tolsta Head and Traigh Mhor
    Distance: 10.25km; duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
    Tolsta Head is a cliff-girt headland projecting from the east coast of Lewis. This walk gives some fine coastal cliff scenery as well as bird and sea-mammal watching opportunities. A short but very steep descent then leads down to Traigh Mhor, one of Lewis' finest beaches.

  • Berneray Explorer
    Distance: 12.25km; duration: 3.5 - 4.5km
    The island of Berneray, just off the northern coast of North Uist, is explored by this excellent and very varied walk. Take in the views from its highest hill, a standing stone, the picturesque thatched hostel, and one of the most magnficent beaches in the UK.

  • Rueval, Benbecula
    Distance: 3.5km; duration: 1.5 hours
    Try and climb to the highest point on Benbecula and reap the reward of fantastic 360 degree views of water, islands, beaches and mountains of the Outer Hebrides. This route is a steep pull over stony track then on a moorland heathered path but is a straightforward and fairly short walk.

  • Acarseid Mhor shore walk, Eriskay
    Distance: 5.75km; duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
    Explore a hidden bay on Eriskay and look out for marine wilfelife including seals and otters. Passing a moorland lochan on some rough paths, this is a very pleasant and straightforward walk from the ferry terminal

Strenuous walks

Clisham horseshoe
Distance: 14km; duration: 7 - 9 hours
The long approach to Clisham over the dramatic and rugged ridges of Mulla-Fo-Thuath and Mulla-Fo-Dheas is an unforgettable Hebridean walk with views to match. The route makes a full days' hillwalking but is much more demanding than the standard direct route up Clisham from the A859 with rough and rocky ridges with a very boggy approach.

Uisgneabhal Mor, Teileasbhal & Stuabhal
Distance: 20.25km; duration: 8 hours
Uisgneabhal Mor is the second highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides, and looks impressive from the A859 west of Tarbert. Combined with remote Stuabhal the hills make for a majestic and rugged hillwalk, with a long initial approach up Gleann Miabhaig enlivened by the rock architecture of Sron Scourst.

Eaval, North Uist
Distance: 10.5km; duration: 4 - 5.5 hours
Eaval is the highest hill on North Uist, though only 347m in height its steep cone dominates the low-lying island. After following the rugged path throughout walkers are rewarded with unique and stunning views of the amazing land-and-waterscape around it the isle.

Beinn Mhor and Hecla, South Uist
Distance: 18.75km; duration: 8 - 10 hours
A rough, tough but magnificent hillwalk requiring good navigation, Beinn Mhor has a spectacular summit ridge. The other two peaks also have great character as well as superlative views. The route can easily be shortened to include just Beinn Mhor before returning the same way.

Beinn Dhubh, Losgaintir
Distance: 11.5km; duration: 4 - 5 hours
Blending in with the landscape Beinn Dhubh and its neighbour Beinn Losgaintir appear unremarkable from a distance. However their superb position overlooking the Luskentyre Sands on one side and the mountains of North Harris on the other, ensures they make for a shorter hillwalk with sensational views.

Free walking guides

Download the following PDF guides, created by NHS Western Isles and Outer Hebrides Tourism, to find great walking routes around the Outer Hebrides, plus information on public transport, local history, and monuments to look out for as you walk.