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Cicerone Guides: Walking on Uist and Barra: 40 Coast, Moorland and Mountain Walks on All the Isles of UIst and Barra

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Mike Townsend(Author)

185 pages, 90 colour photos, 40 colour maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | laminated cover (not waterproof) | Jun 2012 [2015 reprint] | #198357 | ISBN-13: 9781852846602
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NHBS Price: £14.95 $19/€17 approx

About this book

This guide offers 40 varied and graded walking routes on the unique 100 km cluster of islands that make up Uist and Barra. From short, flat beach walks beside crystal clear waters to long excursions across wild mountainous terrain, the routes visit all the major islands from Berneray to Vatersay but also those smaller and offshore such as Eriskay and Mingulay. Walking across these landscapes, especially the hill country, gives a sense of remoteness and peaceful solitude that cannot be found in the mainland's National Parks or on the Munros busy with peak baggers. Despite a relatively narrow area, Uist and Barra's diverse islands offer a contrasting walking terrain and many ancient historic sites such as chambered cairns and standing stones as well as lots of local wildlife. Upland areas are home to red deer and golden and white-tailed eagles, while along the coast grey seals are common and thousands of birds set up their breeding grounds in the machair. Daily flights between Glasgow and Benbecula as well as the ferry network mean that all of the islands are readily accessible. Routes are described in four sections, by area, and illustrated with vivid colour photographs and OS mapping.

This is the 2015 reprint, which features minor updates.


Regional overview map
Map showing areas covered by each chapter

Geology and geomorphology
Plants and wildlife
Accommodation and facilities
Using the guide

1 North Uist
Walk 1.1 Berneray (Bearnaraigh)
Walk 1.2 Udal
Walk 1.3 Crogearraidh Mor
Walk 1.4 Lochportain
Walk 1.5 L# a Tuath and L# a Deas
Walk 1.6 Langais
Walk 1.7 Burabhal

Walk 1.8 Eabhal from Loch Euphort
Walk 1.9 Eabhal from Cladach Chairinis
Walk 1.10 Grimsay (Griomasaigh)
Walk 1.11 Scolpaig
Walk 1.12 Hogha Gearraidh and Hosta
Walk 1.13 Balranald Nature Reserve
Walk 1.14 Baleshare (Baile Sear)

2 Benbecula
Walk 2.1 Borgh
Walk 2.2 Culla Bay
Walk 2.3 Roisinis
Walk 2.4 Ruabhal

3 South Uist
Walk 3.1 Loch Sgioport
Walk 3.2 Uisinis lighthouse and Nicolson's Leap
Walk 3.3 The Northern Corries of Thacla
Walk 3.4 The Three Peaks

Beinn Mhor
Walk 3.5 Beinn Mhor from Sniseabhal
Walk 3.6 Beinn Mhor from Taobh a Tuath Loch Aineort
Walk 3.7 Taobh a Tuath Loch Aineort
Walk 3.8 Stulaigh
Walk 3.9 Gleann Dail bho Dheas
Walk 3.10 Eriskay (Eirisgeigh)

Machair Way
Walk 3.11 Tobha Mor
Walk 3.12 Aisgernis/Cladh Halainn

4 Barra
Walk 4.1 Barra's northern peninsular
Walk 4.2 Cliaid
Walk 4.3 Allathasdal

Barra's central hills
Walk 4.4 The Barra Watershed
Walk 4.5 Barra's highest hills
Walk 4.6 Central Barra
Walk 4.7 Dun Ban
Walk 4.8 Dun Ban and Beinn Tangabhal
Walk 4.9 Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh)
Walk 4.10 Mingulay (Miughlaigh)

Appendix A Glossary of Gaelic and Norse terms
Appendix B Route summary table
Appendix C Further reading
Appendix D Useful information

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Mike Townsend's love of hills and wild places began when, as a teenager, he spent walking holidays in The Lake District and Snowdonia. He moved to the Outer Hebrides in 1980 to work as a Geography teacher on Barra, and relocated to Uist in 1988. He has spent prolonged periods exploring the hills and coastlines of the islands, particularly the more remote and unfrequented areas.

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