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How to hike Scotland’s Hebridean Way

How to hike Scotland’s Hebridean Way

The Hebridean Way is a long-distance trail developed for cycling and walking, connecting the string of islands making up the Outer Hebrides. The 156-mile walking route traverses landscapes teeming with wildlife, beautiful beaches with clear turquoise waters and historic landmarks of the forgotten past. All of this, coupled with the island’s unique Gaelic culture, makes it one of the finest long-distance hiking routes in Scotland.

The Route

The route passes through 10 of the 15 inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides, which are connected by two ferry crossings and six causeways.

Officially, the route is sliced into 12 sections of varying milage, walking approximately 5-7 hours per day depending on availability of accommodation at overnight stopping points. The route can be attempted on one epic multi-day hike or broken into shorter segments to allow for starting and stopping wherever there are transport options in and out of the isles.

When to go

The most pleasant weather for walking would be in the height of summer – but this unfortunately is also peak season for the infamous midges. The best time to attempt the Hebridean Way would therefore be during shoulder seasons, either around May and June when the wild flowers are in bloom, or in September when it’s less crowded.

(Amy McPherson)


Day 1: Vatersay to Barra (Northbay), via one causeway

Approximately 13 Miles

The start of the Hebridean Way has some of the best beaches in Britain and is the perfect introduction for what’s to come. There are also plenty of alternative routes to explore the attraction of Barra island.


There is a Co-Op and a café at Castlebay on Barra Island.


Heathbank hotel in Northbay;


  • Beautiful beaches of Vatersay Bay and Barra
  • Annie Jane Monument, commemorating the most tragic maritime disaster on Vatersay
  • Historical ruins dot the way, from standing stones to Neolithic remains
  • (Small diversion) Kisimul Castle off the coast at Castlebay on Barra island

Day 2: Barra to South Uist (Daliburgh), via one ferry crossing and one causeway

Approximately 15 miles (depending on where you chose to stay)

Today you’ll cross from Barra to Eriskay on a scenic ferry ride; you’ll need to ensure your walk to the ferry terminal is aligned with the timetable. At the end, you’ll cross another causeway to end on South Uist.


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