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Walking
 

Walking

 

There is excellent walking direct from the cottage without the need to drive anywhere or to set foot on road.  Grass tracks and a series of gorgeous firm, flat, white sand beaches allow continuous walking or running for many miles in solitude. The pure air, wild ocean vistas, vast sky-scapes, the sweet scent of the Machair wildflowers in summer and the terrain uninterrupted by gates or stiles can make this a runners paradise. The surfing beach of Hosta can be reached on foot by following a path around the headland. 

As well as the many beaches to walk there is excellent hillwalking both on North and South Uist. Hillwalkers and coastal walkers will find a great deal of information and can read about the adventures of others in North Uist and Berneray on Walk the Highlands

Below are a few of the options.

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Udal peninsular

With wonderful views of the beaches and coast, an archeological site, beautiful Machair and birdlife this is a great place to explore. You can walk for 5.75 miles in a circular route or shorten the walk. The walk takes about 3hrs but it is such a lovely place to stay for longer and take a picnic. 

The route and starting point

Udal coastal walk
Udal coastal walk

Cuillins in the distance from Udal
Cuillins in the distance from Udal

View from Udal
View from Udal

Udal coastal walk
Udal coastal walk

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Barpa Langass and the stone circle

Lovely views over the Loch and 360 degree views at the top. On a clear day you can see for miles to the coast and see the distant hills of Skye. Explore the stone circle and stop for lunch or tea and cake at Langass Lodge. The circular walk is about 2 miles or you can just walk to the stone circle. Golden Eagles can often be seen soaring over the hill and Short Eared Owls hunt over the moorland just before sunset. Read more about the walk and the history of the stone circle (has various names including Pobull Fhinn or Finn's people) in our blog

 

The route and starting point 

View from Ben Langass
View from Ben Langass

Views of Eavel from Ben Langass
Views of Eavel from Ben Langass

Short Eared Owl flying
Short Eared Owl flying

View from Ben Langass
View from Ben Langass

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Vallay House, Vallay
Vallay House, Vallay

Vallay strand
Vallay strand

View to Vallay
View to Vallay

Vallay House, Vallay
Vallay House, Vallay

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Vallay

 

At low tide walk across the expanse of sand from Cladach Vallay to the now uninhabited island of Vallay, with its distinctive historic house that can be seen from the coast. The island is home to a colony of nesting Little Terns which are a protected species.

Check the tide times before you go and allow enough time to cross back over the sand.

The route and starting point 

Langass Woodland and Hercules the bear

 

Hercules was a grizzly bear who escaped on Benbecula whilst filming an Andrex advert. He was found on North Uist. he went on to star in Octopussy, one of the James Bond films.

Kids will enjoy the "paw print" trail around the woodland

More details

Hercules the bear
Hercules the bear

Hercules lies sleeping here
Hercules lies sleeping here

Hercules
Hercules

Hercules the bear
Hercules the bear

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St. Kilda Viewpoint

Walk up to the St Kilda viewpoint which you can see from RSPB Balranald. There are panoramic views once at the top and it is especially beautiful at sunset.

 

The Hebridean Way

 

The Hebridean Way starts on Vatersay and passes through Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray and Harris ending on the Isle of Lewis.

 

The route is very varied passing over hills, moorland, along stunning Machair and the coastline. In total 156 miles long  but it can be walked in sections. 

More information

Vatersay-The Hebridean Way starts on Vatersay
Vatersay-The Hebridean Way starts on Vatersay

Vatersay beach
Vatersay beach

Harris landscape
Harris landscape

Vatersay-The Hebridean Way starts on Vatersay
Vatersay-The Hebridean Way starts on Vatersay

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Panoramic views from Ben Langass
MORE ACTIVITIES
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FOOD & DRINK

Some of the best local seafood in the UK

WILDLIFE

Explore the wildlife of the Island. RSPB Balranald visitor centre is 5 minutes walk from the cottage

ARCHEOLOGY

Explore the archeological sites of the Island

SPORT

If you are feeling more energetic...

BOAT TRIPS

Explore the coast, islands and wildlife from the sea

ST. KILDA

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Visit the remote and fascinating archipelago of St. Kilda- a UNESCO world heritage site

ART & CULTURE

Visit the museums and artisans who have made North Uist their home 

EXCURSIONS

Day trips further afield to Harris, Lewis, Barra, Eriskay, Minugulay and St. Kilda

THE NIGHT SKY

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See the Northern Lights. Experience probably the darkest skies in the UK

ON THE DOORSTEP

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Stunning coastal walking straight from the door. No need to drive.

FISHING & GOLF

Enjoy world class fishing and golf