Walk, cycle, kayak, swim

The Outer Hebrides is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers. The silver sand beaches on the west coast of Harris and Lewis are unsurpassed, and the Harris and Uig hills offer superb mountain walking. Add to that the islands’ many gentler coastal walks and you have something for all abilities.

Part of the magic of these islands lies in their variety. Where else can you stroll along a magnificent stretch of sandy beach, climb a substantial hill and then descend to a 19th century baronial castle where you can pick up some venison or tablet in the honesty shop – perhaps sighting St Kilda and some sea eagles while you’re at it?

Glen Cravadale
Beach at the foot of Glen Cravadale

The circular route from Huisnis on west Harris via Glen Cravadale to Amhuinnsuidhe offers all this and more. It’s just one of many spectacular days out in the magnificent landscape of Harris and Lewis. If you’d like some guidance, Mike Briggs, Hidden Hebrides and the North Harris Trust offer guided walks on Harris and Lewis.

The islands are also ideal for cycling, kayaking, angling and wild swimming. Permits are required for loch and river fishing. Further information is available from Fish Hebrides and Obbe Fishing.

Golfers will want to check out the beautifully situated nine-hole course Scarista Gold Course on west Harris. Stornoway Gold Club, which dates from the 19th century, has an 18-hole course in the grounds of Lews Castle.