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 ★★★
Start / finish at small car park (gets busy) on B887 at Meavaig, Harris, G.R.: NB 100063 ///tram.divides.moons

▶ 5 km / 3 miles | ▲ 60 metres | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Gleann Mhiabhaig; North Harris Eagle Observatory
Terrain: Stony track, gentle gradients.

Route & map

Car park - North Harris Eagle Observatory - return by outward route


Route credit: North Harris Trust

On our visit

Wildlife: Cuckoo heard, small birds. No eagles - though there had been sightings earlier in the day.
Weather: Sunny, fairly light winds but a little breezier near the hide.

Chronological photo guide

[Loch Mhiabhaig at the start]

[Gleann Mhiabhaig]

[Following the track]

[Abhainn Mhiabhaig]

[Gleann Mhiabhaig]

[North Harris Eagle Observatory]
[View from the hide]

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