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Hebridean Way

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This 10 day, walking trail traverses the length of an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland, known as the Outer Hebrides.

Quick Facts

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr on call assistance during your walk if necessary
  • 247km (155 miles) and 4062m (13,327ft) of ascent
  • Road, moorland footpaths and shell beaches.

About & Details

The Hebridean Way trail was opened by Scottish National Heritage in 2017. The itinerary includes 10 islands, 6 causeways and 2 impressive ferry trips. The terrain is varied with white sandy beaches, grassland meadows and huge areas of boggy, peat moorland. There are the occasional small lochs and hills that look big due to the flat surrounding landscape. Most of the paths are marked but there are times when you will need navigation skills.

The wildlife includes otters swimming in the lochs, white-tailed eagles soaring overhead and red deer roaming the moors. You may even experience sightings of the minke whales, porpoises and orca whales in the sea.

The islands hold a historical story with many Celtic archaeological sites.

Iain Robertson Rambles: Used by kind permission of the BBC

The Hebridean Way Part 1.  The Hebridean Way Part 2.

The Hebridean Way Part 3The Hebridean Way Part 4.

Although this trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. You will need full walking kit including waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way.

Inclusions

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in comfortable B&Bs or hotels with en-suite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guidebook, plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £175 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £175 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Oban is just over 2.5 hours’ drive northwest of Glasgow, along the A82 & A85. This is followed by a 5-hour ferry crossing to Barra. www.calmac.co.uk

By public transport: There are trains about every two hours from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air: There are flights from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen to Barra. Check www.hial.co.uk for the latest information.

Getting Away

By road: There is a ferry from Stornaway to Ullapool. Ullapool is just under 4.5 hours’ drive north of Glasgow or Inverness is just under 1.5 hours’ drive southeast.

By public transport: There are buses from Ullapool Ferry Terminal to Inverness and then trains from Inverness.  Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air: There are flights from Stornaway direct to Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘Book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Stornaway, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Stornaway, then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Stornaway at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Castlebay, Barra

    Arrive at your accommodation where you will stay for the night.

  • Day 2 – Vatersay to Ardmhor

    Your day will start with an early bus ride to the start of the walk in Vatersay. You can choose to visit Bàgh à Deas beach, the southernmost beach of the islands and dip your toes in the ocean, before you start the walk. You will be on the coast, circumnavigating Heiseabhal Beag (172m) before crossing the first causeway to the island of Barra. From here you will be heading up the western flank of Beinn Tangabhal (332m), before joining the road to Craigston, which leads to the highest peaks, on Barra. On arrival in Ardmhor, make your way to your accommodation for the night.

    22km (14 miles), 760m (2490ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Ardmhor to Howmore via ferry to Eriskay

    Today starts with a ferry to the Isle of Eriskay. Once you arrive in Eriskay, you are treated to a stunning coastal walk to Howmore including the next causeway to the Isle of South Uist.

    34km (21 miles), 150m (500ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – Howmore to Baile nan Cailleach

    For your walk today, you will leave the coast and travel over moorland, between the bodies of water, inland, following the way markers. At Carnan, you cross the causeway from South Uist to Benbecula, where the path follows the coast again north to Aird. There is then a short road walk south to the settlement of Baile nan Cailleach where you will stay for the night.

    34km (21miles), 160m (530ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Baile nan Cailleach to Lochmaddy

    The Way today, takes you in land again, starting along the road before heading up the path to bag the summit of Ruabhal at (124m). As you arrive in the settlement of Gramsdal, you will start to see the next causeway crossing to the Ilse of Grimsay and as you reach the end of this causeway, the next one comes into sight to take you onto North Uist. From Carinish, you head away from the west coast, meandering across the moorland between the lochans to Langais. By walking around Beinn Langais (90m), you pick up a track by the main road, that takes you to Stumore. From here it is a short walk down to Lochmaddy for your overnight stay.

    35km (22miles), 450m (1580ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 - Lochmaddy to Berneray

    Leaving Lochmaddy, you head north, along the A865. When you get to the village of Blathaisbhal, you go around the western side of Blathaisbhal (109m). After a short walk along the road, you will be back to following the way markers across the moorland between the multiple freshwater lochans for about 2km. The route now goes north, along the sandy beaches before heading up the southern slopes of Beinn Mhòr (190m) with an opportunity to take the summit and experience some stunning views. The journey down from the summit takes you past Beinn Bhreac (148m) and onto the road overlooking Port nan Long. Take the causeway over the Sound on Berneray to Stone on the Isle of Berneray for your overnight stay. Take some time to explore the island before taking the ferry in the morning.

    17km (11miles), 315m (1030ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 – Berneray to Horgabost via ferry to Leverburgh

    You are now over halfway through the chain of Isles and today, you take the ferry to Harris, notably more mountainous than the trip so far. This is a tough stage as the route from the ferry terminal takes you along a peat road before heading up Gleann Uachdrach.  The path then takes you above the white shell beaches, reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. At Scarista, you head off over the moorland, which is occasionally pathless and boggy, but keep looking for the waymarkers. You will eventually meet the track into Horgabost, for your overnight stay.

    16km (10miles), 390m (1280ft) of ascent

  • Day 8 - Horgabost to Tarbert

    Your walk today might be classed as the most stunning part of the Hebridean Way. You follow an old coffin track which winds its way through the lower mountain ranges of Liana Horgabost, Beinn Sheileboist, Carran and along the Bealach Eòrabhat to Likisto. There is then a mixture of paths and roads meandering their way around the villages, lochs and hills to Tarbert, the capital of Harris.

    27km (17miles), 880m (2880ft) of ascent

  • Day 9 – Tarbert to Aline

    Today, your walk will be along roads and low-level paths, with mountains on either side. You will follow the path through the Gleann Lacasdail and over the Bràigh an Ruisg mountain pass giving amazing views of Maaruig and Loch Seaforth. The old road continues around Client Ard before joining the main road again. As you cross the bridge over Abhainn à Mhuil, say goodbye to Harris and hello to Lewis, as this is the border! The main road will be with you now until you reach Loch Ille Chìopain when you will take a meandering path up to the summit of Griamacleit (155m) before descending through the Aline Community Woodland.

    22km (14 miles), 660m (2160ft) of ascent

  • Day 10 – Aline to Laxay

    There is a path alongside the main road which you will walk until Arivruaich, when you will be back to walking across the raised turf moorland, which can also be boggy. The route brings you into Baile Ailein, where you will join the main road again all the way to Laxay, where you will stay for the night.

    18km (11miles), 340m (1115ft) of ascent

  • Day 11 – Laxay to Stornaway

    Your last days walking starts by heading back across the moorland, meandering around lochs and hills, Cnoc Mòr Shòbhail (132m) and Stèiseal (116m) being the first two hills. You will summit Oidreabhal (107m) before dropping down to Achamore, one of the few landlocked villages on Lewis. From Achamore, it is road walking the rest of the way to Stornaway. The scenery will be as you’ve already enjoyed, lochs and hills with the occasional woodland, with trails to explore if time and energy permit. Once you reach Stornaway, make for Lews Castle, the official end of the Hebridean Way. Congratulations, what an amazing achievement!

    22km (14miles), 460m (1505ft) of ascent

Notes:

This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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