The Hebridean Way is a walking or cycle route stretching the whole length of the Outer Hebridean Islands from Vatersay to Lewis. Usually walked or cycled from south to north due to the prevailing winds, the route takes you through a wide variety of always stunning landscapes from crystal clear deserted beaches, to wild mountains, past freshwater lochs and beautiful sea views. The famous changeable weather and the fantastic wildlife will certainly ensure that your trip is a memorable one.
There are excellent ferry routes from the mainland (Oban for Castlebay and Lochboisdale, Ullapool to Stornoway), which combined with the excellent bus services on the mainland means the whole route can be done using public transport, ferries and shank’s pony!
The 156 mile walking route can be travelled over 12 days of between 10 and 17 mile walks. It is possible to stay in a combination of Independent and SYHA hostels along the route although occasionally it is necessary to stay more than one night in a hostel and use the excellent bus services to get you to and from your end and start points. There are always options to take detours or stay longer in certain places to make the most of your trip to these historic and unique islands.
Cyclists travelling the Hebridean Way should follow the well signposted NCN780 cycle route which takes them 185 miles from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the most northerly point on Lewis and the Hebrides). It is advisable to bring a map as well in order to take detours for attractions and cake! The Hebridean Way Cycle route is usually done over either 4 or 6 days and can be done using a combination of Independent and SYHA hostels.
Crossing 10 islands, using 6 causeways and 2 ferries, both routes are a fantastic challenge for the keen walker or cyclist providing the opportunity to see these stunning islands on the edge of Europe at a gentle pace surrounded by stunning scenery and abundant wildlife.
It is always advisable to book your accommodation if you are planning a trip on the Hebridean Way, especially in the summer.
The Hebridean Way: Hostels, Bunkhouses and Bothies
25 Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DRThe Heb Hostel is a family-run backpackers hostel in the heart of Stornoway on the enchanting Isle of Lewis. It is an ideal stay for travellers visiting the Hebrides. Cyclists, walkers, surfers, families and groups are all welcome. Clean, comfortable and friendly with a common room with peat fire.
Galson Farm House, South Galson, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0SHGalson Farm Hostel on the Isle of Lewis enjoys stunning views of the Atlantic coast. Explore sandy beaches, wildlife, historic sites and culture on the doorstep. A short walk through the croft, with its network of footpaths, takes you to the shore and river, where otters are regular visitors.
5a Gearrannan Carloway Isle of Lewis HS2 9ALGearrannan Blackhouse Hostel is a crofters cottage in an ancient black house village on the Isle of Lewis. With solid drystone walls and thick thatched roof it has been refurbished to provides warm self catering accommodation. A perfect base for surfing, country walks & exploring local archaeology.
Main Street, Tarbert, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DJBackpackers Stop in the village of Tarbert, Isle of Harris, is a comfortable hostel for travellers on the Outer Hebrides. Close to the ferry, bus, shops, bars and restaurants. A handy base for exploring Harris or walking or cycling the islands. Kitchen, lounge, Free WiFi, breakfast and hot drinks.
Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9QAOn the unspoiled Isle of Lewis, Ravenspoint Hostel provides comfortable accommodation surrounded by wildlife and immersed in a Gaelic-speaking community. Spot White Tail Eagles and watch the Otters frolicking down by the shore.
Laxdale Holiday Park, 6 Laxdale Lane, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0DRLaxdale Bunkhouse on the Hebridean Island of Lewis lies within a small holiday park in peaceful leafy surroundings close to Stornoway. An ideal base for exploring the culture, landscape and ancient sites of the isle of Lewis. The bunkhouse has four rooms of four bunks and spacious lounge & kitchen.
5 Drinishader, Isle of Harris, HS3 3DXSituated above Drinishader harbour, overlooking the beautiful East Loch Tarbert, N°5 Drinishader Hostel provides self catering accommodation for individuals,families & groups. Discover the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides with its famous white sand beaches, island culture, wildlife & landscapes.