Walking the Hebridean Way, by Richard Barrett Product News

Walking the Hebridean Way Cover Shot  © Cicerone
There is something about the Western Isles that casts a spell over the heart, drawing visitors back time and again. Perhaps it's their unique beauty: flower-strewn machair, white shell beaches and wild moorland? Maybe it's the music of the Gaelic language, still spoken in the resilient communities that call these remote places home? The ruined strongholds and ancient monuments echoing with stories of times past? The birds and wildlife? The fresh sea air? Maybe it's the opportunity to stand at the very edge of civilisation, with nothing to the west but endless miles of the mighty Atlantic?

Now a brand new long-distance walking trail invites you to discover the magic of these very special islands. The waymarked 295km (185 mile) Hebridean Way runs the length of the Outer Hebrides archipelago, from the southerly island of Vatersay to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Making use of causeways and two ferry crossings, it connects 10 islands, each with its own distant character and landscape.

This comprehensive guidebook by Richard Barrett presents the Hebridean Way in 10 daily stages of 16–35km (10–22 miles). It also includes two additional stages to extend the route to the Butt of Lewis. Detailed route description is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping and inspirational photography, along with a wealth of information about points of interest. Although remote, the islands areserved by regular air and sea connections. Transport links are outlined, as well as overnight options, which include wild camping and a range of different accommodation to suit most budgets.

The Hebridean Way offers a unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of these islands – whether it be your first visit or your fiftieth. One thing is certain: once you fall under their magic, it's unlikely to be your last…

About the author

Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and became a regular visitor. He lived in North Harris for a number of years, where he and his wife ran a guest house and, although now a city-dweller, he still makes frequent forays to the Hebrides, reconnecting with the wilderness and catching up with old friends.

What's inside?

  • a brand new waymarked long-distance route along the length of the Outer Hebrides, connecting 10 islands
  • 295km (185 miles) presented in 10 daily stages
  • includes an extension to visit the Butt of Lewis

For more information visit Cicerone

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