Our Favourite Walks
There’s a handy wee guide in the Croft bookshelf- ‘Walking on Harris and Lewis’ but here are a few of our favourites. Having said that, we never tire of simply walking along the near deserted beaches at Northton.
Ceapabhal and Toe Head
After a flat white and a machair bun from Temple, you are all set for this beautiful walk. It’s a decent climb up Ceapabhal, especially if you visit the historic temple first and then climb the west side. Views from the top are an incredible 360 panorama, and the walk back along the east side of the peninsula on Traigh an Taoibh Thuath is gorgeous.
This one you can do straight from the Croft, walking straight down from Croft Eight, follow the coastline with the Sound of Harris on your right to the most southerly tip of the island. 90 minutes each way if ambling, as you enjoy the views south over the Sound of Harris towards the Uists and Skye in the distance. Alternatively walk over the cliff to Rodel in half an hour and then return via Renish.
A gentle 20 minute walk along a grassy path to the beautiful St. Clement’s Church at Rodel, ‘one of the most ambitious medieval buildings in the Western Isles’. On the pier you will see Rodel House, built in 1781 and currently being restored to its former glory. Walk on 10 minutes and take a seat at the bench strategically placed for whale-spotting.
The historic path used to carry the dead from from the ‘moonscape’ of the Bays in the east to the cemetery by the white sands of Luskentyre in the west, with its connection to the Highland clearances. Also the best way to experience the extremes of Harris topography.
Reinigeadal, The Postie’s Walk
Another historic walk, retracing the steps of schoolchildren and postmen who took this arduous cliff walk from the isolated village of Reinigeadale to Tarbert each week until the 1980s when a road finally connected the village. Views towards the Shiant Islands are incredible.
Fabulous walk across the cliffs, to stunning deserted beaches of Traigh Mheilen and Crabhadail with great views to the island of Scarp. Worth keeping for a clear day.