Walk: Tidal Eaval

North Uist | Loch Euphort | Half day walk | ★★★★

[Looking northeast from Eaval's upper slopes] 

Eaval is the highest hill on North Uist: a prominent lump amidst an inhospitable world of water and bog. Though only 347 metres tall, the flatness and character of the surrounding landscape affords it one of the most unusual panoramas you're ever likely to witness. A maze of lochans surrounding the hill and lack of nearby roads means that - unless you have a boat - reaching the base is only really practical from a couple of directions. The tried and tested route is by a boggy path from Loch Euphort; even this crosses a set of stepping stones which are prone to being submerged after heavy rain or at very high tides. But the reward on a clear day is well worth sodden boots.

[Eaval from Loch Obasaraigh]

📌 Walk: Tidal Eaval ★★★★
▶ 11 km / 7 miles | ▲ 380 metres
Summits: Eaval (347 metres, sub-2000') | Features: Loch Obasaraigh
Start / finish: Minor road end, south side of Loch Euphort, North Uist, G.R.: NF 890631 ///laces.stated.cute

Route: Start - stepping stones over Loch Obasaraigh outflow - southeast end of Loch Obasaraigh - Eaval by east ridge - return by outward route
Terrain: Path for most of the route, sometimes boggy (lots of jumping required!) or faint. Final ascent of Eaval has pathless sections. Stepping stones may be submerged after heavy rain or at very high tides.
Wildlife today: Vole on Eaval, grey heron, a few sheep, hairy caterpillars, spittlebugs.
Weather today: Early sunny patches soon fading, with some light rain on descent from Eaval. Cloud descending to cap the summit after we'd left it. Light winds, temperature in mid teens.

[The route crosses stepping stones which are covered by spring tides and after heavy rain]

Route map


Route credit: Walkhighlands

Chronological photo guide

[Roadends sculpture at the start, Eaval beyond]

[Loch Nighe]

[Loch Euphort]

[Loch Euphort]

[Approaching the stepping stones over the Loch Obasaraigh outflow; Eaval beyond]

[Stepping stones]

[Skirting Loch Obasaraigh, Burabhal in the distance]

[Eaval]

[View back around the loch]

[Loch Surtavat from the start of the climb]

[Most of the ascent has a faint path]

[Summit in view]

[Looking northeast from near the summit]

[Vole near the summit]

[Eaval summit shelter]

[Loch Euphort from the summit]

[Looking south from the summit]

[Summit panorama (south, through west, to north)]

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