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Timeless Way

322 km / 200 miles

Western Isles
The Timeless Way is 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. Much of the route is on tarmac and use of local buses could be an option to give time to explore more remote terrain.

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.


Path Type
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Average Gradients; Coastal; Moorland
NB519664 - Butt of Lewis, Western Isles
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NF784102 - Vatersay, Western Isles
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Timeless Way (The Outer Hebrides) (Northampton Square Ltd - 2005)


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Route Profile:

332.1 Km (206.4 miles)
4,560 m (14,961 ft) ascent
335 m (1,099 ft)  maximum height