The Outer Hebrides Way - The Timeless Way

The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way
It is possible to walk from the Butt of Lewis to Vatersay largely off road and using long forgotten routes. The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way describes a walk from the Butt of Lewis to Vatersay, the isles’ most southerly inhabited island. It crosses moors and mountains, beaches and rivers, passes working crofts, weavers’ cottages and fisherman’s wharves, uses ancient tracks and ways, and is guided by historic navigational aids. The timeless way visits historic villages, ancient chapels and castles, thatched hostels and beehive houses. Here is the ultimate Outer Hebrides walking holiday.
This is journey through a remote and beautiful archipelago fringed with white sand beaches, beyond which is soft green sward dotted with wild flowers and awe inspiring mountains. Here is an undiscovered land with a live Gaelic culture, crofting economy, untouched natural environment and a Celtic heritage.
The walk starts by crossing the Lewis moors from Ness in the north to Tolsta in the south, Stornoway in the east to Garenin in the west. This is an area set to be devastated by the world’s largest wind farm, a development the RSPB and over one third of the island's population opposes.
The Lewis moors, indeed the whole Outer Hebridean island chain, is threaded by tracks and ways still marked by ancient stones and posts. These ways are used by crofters and peat cutters but within living memory they were commonly used before roads were improved and cars became common place. “We used to walk up the township road until it gave out and then continue on across the moor” a crofter friend told me.
This 230 mile long distance walk is described in eleven chapters which paint a unique picture of these lively and friendly Celtic communities. The book proposes the creation of the Outer Hebrides Way.
Experience a unique view of the islands. Their old tracks and paths bring to life historical anecdote and human stories. From first to last the book paints an intimate picture of how the landscape has fashioned the story of the islands. Here is an expression of freedom - the freedom to roam.
Peter Clarke says, "My experiences in the Outer Hebrides lead me to re-evaluate the book The Old Straight Track by Alfred Watkins. There are many parallels between Watkins' historical findings and the stones and markers which can be seen today in the Outer Hebrides. They have not been overlain or lost as has happened elsewhere."
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