Walk the Isle of Lewis
Walk the Isle of Lewis. Apart from walking the Isle of Lewis you can also run or cycle these routes! Walking in the island is not always as easy as it looks. Even after dry weather many routes can be boggy, beyond that which standard walking gear can take. It can be hard to find a route where you don’t end up to your knees in peat bog so let us help. In the summer months you can also find yourself under attack by nature, either dive bombing from the sky, or charging at you on four legs. So care must be taken.
The roads are quiet. The locals appreciate cyclists, ramblers and runners like no-where else on earth. Peaceful and environmentally sound there is no better way to experience the island. The simple pleasures are to be found when the island reveals the smells and sounds of nature. Find out what Lewis has to offer by taking one of our routes shown here which indicate bog factor and nature issues!
The Peat Route | 10.4 miles 466 ft
In days gone by, and definitely still for many today, cutting the peats was an annual summer ritual. This route takes you out to those peat banks to see how much hard work took place to bring them home.
Loch Bruthadal West | 9.82 miles 400 ft
A gorgeous walk out the western coast of this massive loch. In summer it is filled with geese training their young ones how to swim and fly in the V formation. Take a sandwich and stop to watch!
Big Barvas Trek | 7.4 miles 270 ft
Taking in the full village of Barvas, and the Barvas cemetery, this trek is enjoyable. It will take you out onto the local sand dunes and then along the pebbled coast. Watch out for crazy birds and grazing cattle in summer!
Loch Bruthadal East | 5.8 miles 154 ft
A smaller route around this amazing loch. If it has been raining the ground will be too wet to do the full final loop but it is certainly the place to test your nerve against a real moor and see why they are such obstacles to passage!
Barvas Village | 7.1 miles 201 ft
One of our favourite loops because the view from the croft road at the top of Barvas across to Ben Bragar is amazing. Peaceful and gentle this is perfect for after Sunday lunch.
Arnol Loop | 5.2 miles 188 ft
This is a great walk but one for the 8th day in a run of 7 dry days for the going underfoot can be wet and difficult. Its a chance to feel very remote though and sense island life clambering over the peat banks.
Bragar Cemetery Small | 1.16miles 91.5ft
This short loop around the Bragar Cemetery may be small but it has lovely views and offers both a chance to breathe in the sea air and also to read some fascinating headstones in the cemetery itself. Good at all times of the year.
Bragar Cemetery Large | 2.3miles 142.4ft
This longer loop around the Bragar Cemetery takes in the area around South Bragar and a walk back along the quiet streets of the village. With a variety of housing and landscapes to be seen on the way
Other Walks of Interest
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Lewes Castle Grounds (not Lewis Castle!)
Butt of Lewis (which is at the top!)
Westside Way (it’s a long one)
Gearrannan Black House Loop
Gearrannan Black House Loop
Scaladale to Tarbet
Eilean Glas Lighthouse
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