Date: Monday 3rd September 2018
A week on Harris. We’d been hoping to visit the Shiants for a few years. A trip in 2017 was scuppered by the weather so we’d re-booked with Sea Harris to try again.
It swam out to a nearby island and met up with another otter – mum.
Had our breakfast and wandered in to Tarbert to get the boat trip.
The trip took us out under the Scalpay bridge, round to Rhengidale and then to Loch Bhalamus prior to heading out to the Shiants. Saw a Golden Eagle and a few pods of porpoises (close enough to hear them breathe).
The island is in 2 halves connected by a shingle spit – Garbh Eilean and Eilean an Taighe.
Garbh Eilean is the higher and it presents a very steep face to the shingle spit. There is, however, a little marked goat track zig-zagging up it so it was rather easier than I’d expected.
From there it’s a grassy upland north to the highest point.
Headed back across the top to the neck of the island.
Finding the top of the wee path was the hardest bit of the walk – should have paid more attention in ascent. Once found, however, all was well.
Great trip. Seamus and Sea Harris are good value – hopefully next year we’ll get a trip to Taransay and Scarp.