Walk: Scalpay - sunshine, sheep & seafood

[Beautiful views of North Harris from parts of the trail]

Seemingly isolated, Scalpay turns out to be an island with attitude, connected to the rest of Harris by a new bridge and with a population of a few hundred - quite a lot for these parts. The Scalpay Heritage Trail runs around most of the island, with wooden posts marking out a varied route past lochs, hills, a photogenic lighthouse and the main village. Despite waymarkers, a map of the route is nearly essential: the path is faint, and the posts were just far enough apart for us to start wondering if we were going the right way once or twice. We highly recommend the North Harbour Bistro in the village (and on the walk route) for locally caught, posh nosh. Booking strongly advised in high season!

[Eilean Glas lighthouse]

📌 Walk: Scalpay - sunshine, sheep & seafood ★★★☆☆
Length: 10 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 200 metres
Main summits: Beinn Sgorabhaig (104 metres)
Points of interest: Loch an Dùin; Eilean Glas lighthouse; Scalpay coastline & village
Start / finish: Street parking on minor road in Scalpay village, G.R.: NG 215968 ///arise.admire.bluffing

Route: Start & Scalpay village - join track at G.R.: NG 220968 - north then east side of Loch an Dùin - Beinn Sgorabhaig - Eilean Glas lighthouse - Lag na Làire - join road at G.R. NG 232950 - start via minor road
Terrain: Mostly waymarked path (numbered in reverse, i.e. anticlockwise) - but marker posts are widely spaced and path often very faint, with frequent ascents and some bog. Minor road return.
Wildlife today: Sheep and lambs, rabbits, chickens.
Weather today: Evening sunshine, quite windy.

[Loch an Dùin]


Route credit: Scalpay Heritage Trail (creator unknown)

[Moorland and marker post]

[Climbing above the loch]

[Beinn Sgorabhaig]

[Lochan near Eilean Glas lighthouse]

[Heading west along the island's south coast]

[Climbing away from the shore]

[Bàgh Ceann na Muice]

[Lochan near Ceann na Bhàigh]

[Rejoining the road]

[Coastal inlet]

[Sun setting over Àird Adhanais]

[Sunday observance regulations]

[Approaching the village]

[Sunset on Scalpay]

[Scalpay village (26/6/18)]

[Lunch at North Harbour Bistro (22/5/18)]

[Scalpay Bridge - not on the route, but you'll drive across it on the way to the start]

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