Walk: Ceapabhal - on the edge of it all
|[Ceapabhal beyond Tràigh na Cleabhaig]|
Jutting out prominently at the southwestern corner of Harris, Ceapabhal is the highest point on a scenic, uninhabited peninsula only connected to the rest of the island by a sliver of machair in between sandy bays. The hill's isolated position makes it one of the best viewpoints anywhere in the Outer Hebrides: from where else are North Harris, the western beaches, the south coast, the Uists and even (on a clear day) St Kilda visible from a single spot? The approach has two contrasting halves: a glorious coastal stroll taking in two pristine bays of white sand, followed by a steep (though relatively short) slog to the summit cairn with ever-improving views. On the way to the car park you'll drive past both a cafe and Croft 36. The latter is a charming honesty shop selling pies and other treats, and the perfect place to stock up on supplies for your walk.
|[Views of Tràigh an Taoibh Thuath]|
📌 Walk: Ceapabhal - on the edge of it all ★★★★☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 380 metres
Main summits: Ceapabhal (368 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Tràigh na h-Uidhe; Tràigh na Cleabhaig
Start / finish: Car park at Tràigh na h-Uidhe, minor road end 4 miles northwest of Leverburgh, G.R.: NF 986903 ///active.existence.pushed
Route: Car park - Tràigh na h-Uidhe - Tràigh na Cleabhaig via coast (fence may need to be climbed) - gate just uphill from track near G.R.: NF 977913 - Ceapabhal - return to north end of Tràigh na Cleabhaig by outward route - start via direct track
Terrain: Intermittent path and sandy beaches for approach to foot of Ceapabhal, with track on return from here. Hill itself: pathless at first, but you should pick one up as you ascend.
Wildlife today: A couple of (golden?) eagles soaring around the summit. Lapwings, angry terns, oystercatchers, sheep and lambs.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy at start but improving to extensive sunshine by finish. Temperature in low teens.
|[View back to Tràigh na h-Uidhe]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
|[Machair starting to flower near the start]|
|[Tràigh na h-Uidhe]|
|[Tràigh na Cleabhaig]|
|[Tràigh na Cleabhaig]|
|[Terns on Tràigh na Cleabhaig]|
|[Beaches at the start of the ascent]|
|[The start of the ascent is mostly pathless]|
|[Spot the oystercatcher]|
|[Looking back down to the beaches on the west side of the peninsula]|
|[Views from the hill path]|
|[View west from the summit]|
|[View north across Harris]|
|[View south towards the cloudy Uists]|
|[Ceapabhal seen from the A859 at Stangrigary (24/5/18)]|