Walk: Eriskay - exploring Eric's Isle

Eriskay | Rubha Bàn | Short walk | ★★★

[Above Loch Cracabhaig]

Eriskay (Eric's Isle) is surely one of the jewels of the Outer Hebrides: a beautiful island linked to the southern tip of South Uist by a road causeway, and to Barra by car ferry. Three miles is all that's needed to get a feel for the island's beaches, crofting townships and moorland; wooden posts help keep you on track on the inland part of this varied circuit. For a small place, Eriskay has made quite a name for itself, and is known for its links to Bonnie Prince Charlie, Eriskay ponies and the novel / film, Whisky Galore!

[Coilleag a' Phrionnsa]

📌 Walk: Eriskay - exploring Eric's Isle ★★★
▶ 5 km / 3 miles | ▲ 130 metres
Features: Rubha Bàn beach; Loch Cracabhaig; Coilleag a' Phrionnsa
Start / finish: Small parking area beyond cemetery on minor road just south of Rubha Bàn village, G.R.: NF 784115 ///hint.voice.barbarian

Route: Car park - Rubha Bàn beach - Rubha Bàn village - statue of Mary - leave road just beyond mast at G.R.: NF 759111 ///commenced.lives.coached - northwest side of Loch Cracabhaig - water works to southwest - Coilleag - Coilleag a' Phrionnsa - start by coast
Terrain: Coastal portion along sandy beaches or over rocks (or on machair behind if tide is high). Inland portion has a fair amount of (minor) road walking; section to Loch Cracabhaig is on very faint, grassy paths marked by occasional posts. Map recommended!
Wildlife today: Rock pool life, seagulls, sheep & lambs.
Weather today: Dry with light winds but murky and overcast, with thick fog above about 50 metres.

[Leaving the village]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Chronological photo guide

[Sheep at the start]

[Rubha Bàn beach]

[Road out of the village]

[Statue of Mary]

[Hill path]

[Hill path]

[First view of Loch Cracabhaig]

[Loch Cracabhaig]

[Coilleag a' Phrionnsa]

[Western coastline]

[Path through the machair near the end]

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