Walk: Aline Community Woodland - a walk in the woods

Lewis | Arivruaich | Short walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Aline Community Woodland - a walk in the woods ★★★
Start / finish at car park on A859 2 mi southwest of Arivruaich, Lewis, G.R.: NB 217153 ///geese.resting.shook

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 10 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Aline Community Woodland; Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe
Terrain: Wooden boardwalks for vast majority of the circuit.

Route & map

Boardwalk loop (in either direction) to south of car park, taking in Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe

Route credit: Aline Community Woodland

On our visit

Wildlife: Hairy black and orange caterpillars, an eagle over the plantation, bees, cuckoo calling.
Weather: Sunshine and gentle breeze.

Chronological photo guide

[Shore view]

[Caterpillars on the boardwalk]

[Loch an h'Aibhne Ruaidhe]

[View south to North Harris]

[Woodland boardwalk]

[Another caterpillar]

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