Date: Saturday 1st June 2013
Distance: 1km + 0.5km
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.
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.
Traigh Uige was altogether too big for my liking.
Tucked into some grub and settled in for the night – a far more satisfactory day 1 than our last visit.