Walk: A hide for the eagle-eyed

Harris | Meavaig | Short walk | ★★★

[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.

[Gleann Mhiabhaig]

📌 Walk: A hide for the eagle-eyed ★★★
▶ 5 km / 3 miles | ▲ 60 metres
Features: Gleann Mhiabhaig; North Harris Eagle Observatory
Start / finish: Small car park (gets busy) on B887 at Meavaig, Harris, 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 map

Route credit: North Harris Trust

More photos

[Loch Mhiabhaig at the start]

[Gleann Mhiabhaig]

[Following the track]

[Abhainn Mhiabhaig]


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