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Timeless Way

Western Isles

322 km / 200 miles
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: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: NB519664 - Butt of Lewis, Western Isles View on StreetMap
Finish: NF784102 - Vatersay, Western Isles View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2010
Web Sites: John Gillatt's Timeless Way Challenge Sarah Smith - Timeless Way [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

General Interest Book Outer Hebrides : the Timeless Way  (Severne  - 2005 )


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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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OS Landranger 8, 13, 14, 18, 22, 31
OS Landranger Active 8, 13, 14, 18, 22, 31
OS Explorer 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460
OS Explorer Active 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
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44 km
Hostel Accommodation
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45 km
Hostel Accommodation
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139 km
Hostel Accommodation
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148 km
Hostel Accommodation
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199 km
Hostel Accommodation
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287 km

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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

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