The Hebridean Way 2021
This year saw us take on the Hebridean way for a second year running, Starting at Stornoway and finishing on the stunning island of Vatersay, the Hebridean Way is a 155 mile trail taking us across ten islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, four ferry crossings, more picturesque beaches than your eyes could ever see, camping along the way in some incredible locations and we were blessed with some amazing weather.
The Hebridean Way is a long-distance hiking trail in the Outer Hebrides, an archipelago off the north-west coast of Scotland. It covers 10 islands (Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Berneray, Harris and Lewis) and runs from Vatersay in the south to Stornoway on Lewis in the north, we did it in reverse this year to finish on the Stunning Barra and Vatersay.
The islands, also called the Western Isles, are one of the remotest places in Scotland and one of the only places where Scottish Gaelic is still spoken frequently as a first language.
You could spend weeks on the Hebridean Way, exploring the islands in great detail and going on and off the trail as you please. However, the minimum you should plan for the whole hike is 10 days – the guidebook used for the trail uses this as a default, we offer 9 day expeditions as was this years.
The book also includes a suggestion for an 8-day itinerary, but unless you are an experienced long-distance hiker, It is a tough ask to walk 156 miles in 8 days.
Personally, I allowed myself 9 days to complete the Hebridean Way, plus a rest day in the middle, if planning your own solo expedition you could also use the itinerary suggested on the official Hebridean Way website as a guideline.
2017 saw the creation of the Hebridean Way, funding from the EU’s Regional Development Fund was used to improve the infrastructure along the trail. Footbridges were built and way-markers put up, you can spot these a mile off by the round white disks that carry the Hebridean Way logo.
In general, the Way is very easy to follow as there are plenty of signposts along it. The Way makes use of existing trails wherever possible, but sometimes you are left on your own and simply have to make your own way from post to post, apart from the incredible scenery this i feel is what makes the Hebridean way so special.
Apart from higher up in bad weather conditions, it was always easy to see the next post, if attempting to complete the trail alone map reading skills are a must!
A trail where you will meet very few walkers along the way, but many cyclists and road trippers, especially when I stayed at hostels, however its the warm welcome we received from the locals is what really blows me away, some of the most genuine people you will ever come across.
We are offering a winter edition this year in December and then again in July 2022 which will include a boat tour to a remote island wild camp, please get in touch for further information.