Waternish Point

Distance: 13.5 km (8.5 miles)

Time: 3 – 5 hours

Terrain: Most of the approach walk is on a good track, boggy in places. The final approach to the headland is over pathless but fairly dry ground.

Summary: Waternish Point is a wild but beautiful spot with wonderful sea views. In the summer months, it is an excellent place to see whales and dolphins as they feed in the turbulent waters off the point. This walk is generally level and easy to follow, first on a clear track but then a short pathless grassy section heading to the small lighthouse at the Point. On the way, you pass the impressive remains of two iron-age brochs. These are worth short detours to explore their thick stone walls and to ponder on the skills of their makers and their need to build such strong defensive walls to hide within. The walk starts from the remains of Trumpan Church, itself a testament to the sometimes bloody history of the island. On the first Sunday in May 1578 the local MacLeods were gathered for worship in the church. In 1578 the Macdonalds of Uist, seeking revenge for a violent raid of the previous year, barricaded the church, which was packed full of worshipping MacLeods and set fire to the thatch. All except one girl were burnt to death, she ran to Dunvegan and raised the alarm, whereupon the famous Macleod Fairy Flag was unveiled and an army of Macleods massacred the Macdonalds in turn. The walk to the point today offers a peaceful respite and the superb clifftop sections have wide views across the stunning scenery.

This is crofting land.  Please abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which can be found here and in particular please keep dogs on a lead where there are sheep and cattle.

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