- Outer Hebrides – any advice?
Balranald on N Uist. Great campsite in an RSPB reserve. Right next to a beach (and a bay for kayaking). Anne does lovely scones and cakes. I feel a wee bit guilty recommending it as I don’t want it to get too busy 😉
Take a walk up between the Crogearraidh Mor and Maari before sunset to watch the sun sinking over the Vallay strand.
The ferry between Berneray and Leverburgh is worth it just as a sightseeing tripPosted 9 months ago
We are off the the Outer Hebrides in a couple of weeks – 11 days on the islands, 2 of us (no kids), the van, a sea kayak, swimming kit and a couple of bikes (though more for getting about than hard core riding). Travelling South to North – Barra, South then North Uist, Harris and Lewis. Focus will be some big swims and chilling on beaches where weather and midge allow. A bit of photography/filming, lots of reading and some proper down time.
Anything not to miss? Slightly unclear about which island we’ll want to spend the most time on. Obviously the answer might be the one we happen to be on when it stops raining. But with a van and it being the summer hols we’ll have to book the inter island ferries just in case (though you can change your reservations if there is space).
Any advice welcome! Excited, it’s one of the only parts of the UK I’ve not been to.Posted 9 months agoOblongbobSubscriber
Just back from a week in Harris. In terms of touristy things, the Callanish stones obviously worth a visit, but go early or late to avoid the crowds. The blackhouses were good for a visit to see what like was like in Lewis way back…in the 70s! Didn’t realise it was that recent that the last folk moved out of them.
Weirdly enjoyed the Harris tweed mill tour that I was dragged along to. Carloway broch was a lovely wee 10 min wander with the kids on a sunny morning. Liked the beach at the top of Bernera, with the Iron Age house, I forget the name.
We loved luskentyre beach and we were based in Seilebost just around the coast in a wee cottage. Where we were the tide goes out and exposes about a like if beautiful beach, which was also great.
I got a few rides in: coffin road loop from Seilebost, postman trail loop (minging day but brilliant ride) and a 40 mile loop on the road bike round south Harris taking in the Golden Road with the wife, which was lovely – I’d recommend the Golden Road if you want a great half day spin.
Really wished I’d had my sea kayak with me when I was on the beaches. So much to explore! There was a sit on top at he cottage, and took the kids out in that in the shallows a couple of times.
Very jealous.Posted 9 months agoOblongbobSubscriber
Oh, scarista house Ian great if you want a top notch meal…need to book in advance. Doesn’t look like much, but proper top quality dining. Second vote for the Anchorage. Also, Get nice pies and other food at tho wee self service with honesty box place near newton at south of Harris…maybe called croft number 5 or something.Posted 9 months agopyranhaSubscriber
Seafood. We had fantastic paella at somewhere, I think, on S Uist. The smokery does lovely smoked scallops (can be bought elsewhere). Oh and at Leverburgh, I had great langoustines in the harbour cafe/restaurant.
Even the slalom ferry route between Berneray and Leverburgh is great – if the weather’s good get outside and just watch as you dodge the reefs.
The beach where the Lewis chessmen were found is nice and you can probably wild camp there. We didn’t pre book any ferries (22 ft motorhome and just checked on the day of the crossing) but we went before the English school holidays, and I don’t know how busy it gets.
The most important thing is to slow down (applies to most of Scotland) and take your time.Posted 9 months agodovebikerMember
We took the camper to Harris and Lewis in May – in the main it was glorious. Harris certainly has the best scenery and beaches. We also went up to Callanish and the Butt of Lewis. The café at the top of Lewis is probably the worst service you’ll encounter anywhere – they were half-empty and decided to stop serving hot food at 12:30pm on a Saturday. Standing by the lighthouse watching a pod of 50+ dolphins was pretty special. Regret was not going to Uig on Lewis to see the chessmen. Lots of ferry traffic due to the reduction in CalMac fares – some crossings were fully booked / turning people away e.g. Uig-Tarbert so booking adviseable.Posted 9 months ago
Lots of ferry traffic due to the reduction in CalMac fares –
I had wondered about this. I half planned the same trip 4 or 5 years ago and remember thinking the ferry price was quite steep. This time the four ferries for oban-barra, bara-south uist, north uist to Harris and Lewis to Ullapool for the 6m long van and 2 of us was only £198 which seems very reasonable considering it’s best part of 10 hours worth of travel.Posted 9 months ago
One word – Huisnuis
You are going to have to help me out here. Google only has one reference to Huisnuis (apart from the town in the Netherlands) on a wildcamping forum post about the Hebrides. OS map search throws up no such place….A slight misspelling?
there’s a great beach at sollas north uist
Was on the list. Peter May has a drug smuggler landing a plane on the beach in the Black Isle Trilogy and it sounded a lovely spot (apart from drug smugglers obvs).
seafood shack in Ullapool.
Fish and chips in Ullapool is a bit of a family ritual! When my dad was in the last days of terminal cancer living near Nairn a day trip to Ullapool to eat fish and chips on the front was his idea of (attainable) heaven. Always nice to go a relive it so I might have to go a bit less healthy. Look lovely though….maybe 2 lunches!Posted 9 months agotjagainMember
Callanish is fantastic but if you want your own stone circle to shout at the gods from, a couple of miles from Callanish on the b8011 to the west there are two stone circles either side of the road – one standing and complete. We spent the solstice night camped amongst them.Posted 9 months ago
Actually I think he means Huisinis. Huisinis is the beach, Huisnuish is the lump overlooking the beach so you are 99% right. Looks awesome.
Callanish is fantastic but if you want your own stone circle to shout at the gods from, a couple of miles from Callanish on the b8011 to the west there are two stone circles either side of the road – one standing and complete. We spent the solstice night camped amongst them.
Good call. We had this is Iceland – honeypot attractions that are lovely and all but a few miles away you get almost the same but on your own. Not that Honeypot attraction in the Hebrides means quite what it means elsewhere!Posted 9 months agodashedMember
Look into ferries now! We’re off to Harris next weekend and were shocked to find the ferries very booked a couple of months ago! We’re a little constrained by various accommodation bookings, but we’re having to do Ullapool to Lewis rather than preferred Uig to Harris option…Posted 7 months ago
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