Win a guided walking holiday

Fancy winning a six-night guided walking holiday in the Outer Hebrides?

win guided walking holiday in outer hebrides

 

Visit seven islands on a spectacular journey through the southern Outer Hebrides.

Experience breath-taking wild scenery, rich history, abundant wildlife and discover an abandoned island by boat. With six nights’ accommodation, travel, delicious food and a knowledgeable guide included, this special trip for two adults offers an unforgettable adventure through these wild and beautiful islands.

Trip itinerary for two adults includes:

Day 1 – Travel to Outer Hebrides, hike to the Hut of the Shadows

Journey through Kintail and Skye before taking a ferry across to North Uist, the first stop in the Outer Hebrides. After arriving in the Hebrides enjoy a short coastal walk from Lochmaddy, hiking out to the Hut of the Shadows with its unique camera obscura. (L, D)

Walk details: 5km, approx 1.5 hrs

Day 2 – Beaches and Birdlife of North Uist

 

Set out on a morning walk to one of North Uist’s most beautiful beaches and to an elevated headland with wonderful views north to Harris. Visit a nature reserve that is known for being a stronghold for the elusive Corncrake. (B, L)

Walk details: 10km, approx 3 hrs

Day 3 – Benbecula Vistas and Exploring South Uist

Hike to the highest point on the Isle of Benbecula, at 127m, for expansive views across North and South Uist. In the afternoon, walk on the machair of a South Uist beach and visit a Bronze Age roundhouse. (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, approx 4 hrs

Day 4 – Whisky Galore on the Isle of Eriskay

 

The Isle of Eriskay is known for the sinking of a cargo ship carrying whisky, which was the inspiration for the novel ‘Whisky Galore’. It’s also where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil. Enjoy a beautiful coastal hike filled with history and intrigue. (B, L)

Walk details: 6km, approx 3 hrs

Day 5 – The Isles of Barra and Vatersay

 

Spend your final two nights on the Isle of Barra. Enjoy a hike exploring its little hills and big beaches. Bag another island and cross the causeway onto the Isle of Vatersay, the southernmost inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides, for a short beach walk. (B, L)

Walk details: 13km, approx 5 hrs

Day 6 – Echoes of the Past on Mingulay

 

Board a privately chartered boat for a trip to the southernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides. Land on the now-deserted island of Mingulay and spend several hours exploring ashore before motoring past Barra Head on Berneray on the way back to Barra. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 6km, approx 3 hrs

Day 7 – Journey to Inverness

Board an early ferry from Barra to Oban on the mainland. Enjoy lunch in Oban then drive east across the Highlands with a final photo opportunity as you pass Loch Ness, arriving back in Inverness around 6pm. (B, L)

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Get Inspired: How to get into walking

Why get into walking? It’s the easiest way to add some physical activity to your day.
Who is it for? Regardless of your fitness level or age, walking is one activity that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone.
Is there a cheap option? It’s free! Go during your lunchbreak, get off of the bus a stop earlier and walk a bit, use stairs instead of lifts!
What if I want a proper workout? There are walking trails all over the UK that vary in difficulty. Try a path with an incline or pick up the pace.
Can I take it to another level? If you want a really testing challenge, Nordic walking or race walking might be your cup of tea.
Is there a disability option? More and more walking trails are developed with accessibility in mind. Do some research beforehand.
Is there a family option? Group walks are great for the soul – rid yourself of any anxieties while having a good old chat along the way!

All able-bodied people walk to some extent every day, but most of us would benefit from walking more.

Whether it’s for leisure, to work up a sweat or in competition, you can find a type of walking that suits your ability and fits into your schedule, not to mention that walking with others is a great way to meet new people and keep motivated.

To get you started, Active 10 is a free app that gets you out walking in 10 minute blocks. If 10,000 steps feels like too much, you’ll be surprised about the health benefits of just walking in short bursts of time.

For more information about the benefits of walking, take a look at the helpful NHS walking guide. To find local walking schemes or to start one of your own, visit Walking for Health.

 

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