3.6 of 5 (3 votes)

Beinn Sciathan on Eriskay

A leisurely walk (coast) in Orkney, Scotland, about 5.30km (3.29 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 179m (587ft)
Descent 164m (538ft)
Max. Elevation 170m (557ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 343m (1125ft)
Start & End
Eriskay ferry terminal
Distance 5.30km
Duration ~2:00h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 08 Aug 2014
I found this route in an issue of The Great Outdoors and it's a wonderful stop on a tour through the Hebrides. Eriskay is a beautiful island and well worth a day or two spent exploring. There are no buses from the north, nor ferries from the mainland, so you have to arrive and return via Barra. Visit www.calmac.co.uk for times and rejoice in the cheap cost of not taking your car!

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Take the ferry from Barra to Eriskay (no direct ferries from the mainland).
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Follow the road from the ferry towards the island (there's only one, you can't go wrong).
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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Walk towards the western edge of Beinn Sciathan.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
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The top! Pick your way through the rocks to the top of the hill.
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
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Descend bia the northwest flank towards the village.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
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Head to the wonderful Am Politican pub for lunch. Ring the pub to check opening times: 01878 720246
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
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Follow the coastal road back to explore the island's western shore.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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You soon reach the road back to the ferry terminal.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
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Return to the ferry terminal for the ferry back to Barra.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from

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