Hebrides 2013 Day 1. Aird Feinis.

Date: Saturday 1st June 2013
Distance: 1km + 0.5km
Ascent: 0m

Off to the Western Isles again – after our rather unfortunate weather in 2011 we thought we’d try again. A Hopscotch ticket from Ullapool to Oban via Lewis, Harris, Uists and Barra.

Fans of outdoor derring-do, unfettered exposure and walking until blistered should look away now (and for the next several TR’s). This was a hands-in-pockets, bums on car seats lazy wend through the Hebs.

Kicked off in Ullapool on Sat 1st June – a sunny start. Picked up our sheaf of tickets from the bloke supervising the queue and waited for the ferry. We’ve come to really enjoy our Calmac jaunts.


Beinn Dearg:

Weather turned a bit on the crossing so we partook of a Calmac meal before watching our approach to Stornoway.


The last visit to Stornoway was grey, windy and with flat horizontal rain. This time a bit of sun. We headed off to visit some of the coast on the west.

Headed to the Mealasta road which heads S down the W of Lewis towards Harris. I had maps for the chain of hills inland here – a few S2K’s, but with the hills clagged we just chilled.

Stopped at NA 998 289 and wandered over to Aird Feinis – a point with a great view of Geodh an Fhithich – a bay with some excellent rocky points.

Geodh an Fhithich:


Back to the car and then headed off in search of a pitch site. Wandered down to Traigh Mhangurstaidh – a fine surf beach but the spray was driving in so a bit damp:

Traigh Uige was altogether too big for my liking.

Headed round to Cnip where the west end of the beach has a locked gate. Parked the car and walked for about 10 minutes with the tent to get a more secluded spot for the night.

Tucked into some grub and settled in for the night – a far more satisfactory day 1 than our last visit.

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