Rhenigidale

Rhenigidale (also spelt Rèinigeadal and a couple of other ways too) is a picturesque settlement on the east coast of the Hebridean Isle of Harris at the entrance to Loch Seaforth, one of Scotland’s most impressive fjords. The settlement lies in a small bay at the foot of the fin-shaped mountain of Tòdun and looks out on to Skye, the Shiant islands and the mountains of the mainland. It is part of the community-owned North Harris estate.

Until 1990, there was no road access to Rhenigidale. Access was by boat or by hillpath. A switchback single-track road was built in 1989 to connect the settlement to the next village of Maraig, which lies a couple of miles inland just beneath the main Tarbert to Stornoway road.

Today, Rhenigidale supports a permanent population of 15. It is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and kayakers, and has an SYHA-affiliated Gatliff Trust hostel, which was opened in 1958. The so-called Postman’s Path that connects the settlement to Urgha is a popular walking route.