Walk: Aline Community Woodland - a walk in the woods

[Loch an h'Aibhne Ruaidhe]

Trees are scarce in the Western Isles, so we were somewhat surprised when the main road between Lewis and Harris passed through a pocket of forest just north of the border between the two regions. Aline Community Woodland continues to expand several years after its official opening in 2013, and provides an excellent network of well-maintained trails from short strolls to more serious undertakings. The easy "East Board Walk" loop visits a nearby lochan and affords good views of the North Harris hills; we shared the route with an eagle, cuckoo and lots of hairy caterpillars in May 2018.

[Caterpillars on the boardwalk]

Name: Walk: Aline Community Woodland - a walk in the woods ★★★☆☆
Length: 1 km / <1 mile
Ascent: 10 metres
Points of interest: Aline Community Woodland; Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe
Start / finish: Car park on A859 2 miles south-west of Arivruaich, G.R.: NB 217153 ///geese.resting.shook

Route: Boardwalk loop (in either direction) to south of car park, taking in Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe
Terrain: Wooden boardwalks for vast majority of the circuit.
Wildlife today: Hairy black and orange caterpillars, an eagle over the plantation, bees, cuckoo calling.
Weather today: Sunshine and gentle breeze.

[Woodland boardwalk]

Route credit: Aline Community Woodland

[Shore view]

[View south to North Harris]

[Another caterpillar]

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