Walks in North Uist

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If two cars can do walk from Knoc-cuien, start at thatched cottage and follow path across moorland heading for ridge of Eaval  at 898595,
then head north to summit, false cairn first, then summit.
On a good day fantastic views.
Can return by steepish descent to the eastern end of Loch Obisary. Short detour to see cave at 917614.
Then back round shore of Loch Obisary , follow path to finish at Sidinish. About 6 hours.
If one car best approach from Sidinish.

Check tides before doing this. If you have a tent and tides are right you can camp on the island. Beautiful beaches on the north side of the island. Can start from the cottage, will have to cross a few fords but none more than about 18 inches deep. Head for Erskine Beveridges house, now a ruin and unsafe to enter.
This year (2004) large pilot whale dead among rocks just at Camas Mor.

Malaclate Machair and Traigh Iar
Can walk from cottage or park car at foot of road to machair. Possible to cycle most of this but depends on tide, best if out and weather (not too windy). Head for 796759 either along track or beach, then along Traigh Iar, three miles of unspoilt silver sands with usually no-one on it.
Can walk to end and come back either along tracks or retrace steps. Can cut up to Co-op.

Aird a Mhorain
This is a great walk, possibly may see otters and seals. Park at Grenitote near beach. It is possible to cycle along a large part of this walk. Head along Traigh Ear , cut over spit of land at Corran Aird a Mhorain, follow this beach round. Look for cross mark on rock where beach ends. Follow path to cemetery of Macleans of Boreray. Head around point, there are definitely otters here., follow the bays on the west back.
Roundhouse at Udal has been excavated and is worth seeing. Cut back to Traigh Ear and back to starting point.

Natural Arches at Scolpaig
Start at Scolpaig Farm, can park just beyond the farm. Head north following path/coast. Be careful steep edges which can be slippery. Arches about a kilometer from farm. Arches are very impressive.
Lots of birds especially fulmars and auks. Can continue to walk round coast to bay just before Callernish and head back to Scolpaig over Ben Scolpaig

Sgurr an Duinn
Easy walk. Start at crossroad at Middlequarter, Sollas. Head south up road for about a mile then west to summit. Remains of observation post. Good views out to north and west. Can see Flannan Isles on a good day.

Balranald Bird Reserve
Start at Wardens hut at Hougharry, follow path heading south west then west to beach at Traigh Iar .Can either head north round Aird an Runair  and along Traigh nam Faoghailean and back to hut or head south along Traigh Iar and then to Port Scolpaig. Head back either by retracing steps or following paths at back of dunes.

Newton Ferry

Start at lay by at Loch an Sticir. Can explore Dun an Sticir , head for Loch Iosal an Duin, then head around side of Beinn Bhreac heading for Bealach na Beinne and then back to Dun an Sticir. Lots of evidence of ancient settlements. Lots of birds.

Clachan Sands

Follow road down to graveyard, can continue along this until get to shore. Lovely beach. Can walk along beach as far as you like but will have to retrace steps.


Start at Kyles Paible, head to beach, nice walk along beach, can head back at a variety of points along roads or again can retrace steps.

Beinn Mhor Group in South Uist

Although only Beinn Mhor exceeds 2,000ft , this walk which includes Ben Corodale and Hecla, the second and third highest hills on the island, requires a certain degree of fitness. Begin on the A865 at the first passing place south of the bridge over
the Abhainn Roag. Follow a Land Rover track up onto the moor, then
make for the shoulder of Maola Breac .. Continue up the shoulder of Beinn Mhor
to reach the north-west top at the rim of Glen Hellisdale. An attractive, narrow half mile ridge leads to the main summit. To the west is the Atlantic and you may see the weather sweeping in , to the east are Skye,the Inner Hebrides and the mainland.    Below is  Corodale Bay, where the young pretender, Bonnie Prince
Charlie hid from the Redcoats  before  Flora Macdonald, who was born on South Uist, helped him escape. The 'Prince's Cave' is marked on the OS map.
Return along the ridge to the north-west top. Then  descend eastwards from Beinn Mhor's northern shoulder to the Bealach Hellisdale and then head up the  steep slope to the rocky summit of Ben Corodale avoiding the crags.
Head north over the top, avoiding the crags, then a long descent and then another steep ascent up the south face of Hecla.  Head down the west ridge and back across the moor to the road.