Walk: A hide for the eagle-eyed
|[North Harris Eagle Observatory]|
A glacial gash splitting the summits of Oireabhal and Uisgneabhal, Gleann Mhiabhaig is a great place to immerse yourself in the North Harris hills without expending too much effort. Golden and sea eagles are everywhere on this island, and the open expanse of the glen with its rocky walls is probably as good a place as any to spot one, with a simple but attractive observatory providing shelter. Ironically, the day we visited was the only day of a whole week on Harris that we didn't see any eagles, but the scenery is nevertheless more than adequate compensation for a straightforward, short walk. Bring binoculars so you can scan the skies and crags.
Name: Walk: A hide for the eagle-eyed ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 60 metres
Points of interest: Gleann Mhiabhaig; North Harris Eagle Observatory
Start / finish: Small car park (gets busy) on B887 at Meavaig, G.R.: NB 100063 ///tram.divides.moons
Route: Car park - North Harris Eagle Observatory - return by outward route
Terrain: Stony track, gentle gradients.
Wildlife today: Cuckoo heard, small birds. No eagles - though there had been sightings earlier in the day.
Weather today: Sunny, fairly light winds but a little breezier near the hide.
|[View from the hide]|
Route credit: North Harris Trust
|[Loch Mhiabhaig at the start]|
|[Following the track]|