Route: Acairseid, Eriskay

Area: Outer Hebrides

Date of walk: 8th September 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.6 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny intervals 

We enjoyed yesterday’s visit to the small island of Eriskay so much that we decided to return here for another walk. As we did yesterday, we caught the early morning Calmac ferry from Barra and 40 minutes later disembarked as foot passengers at the ferry terminal on Eriskay, the start of the walk

We headed up the road, passing by the beautiful white sands of Coilleag a’Phrionnsa where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed to begin the great Jacobite Rising of 1745-46. We turned right at a junction to head downhill and after a short distance turned right again onto a rougher road which climbed over a rise. Acairseid Mhor soon came into view, a deep inlet almost dividing the island and used as a sheltered harbour by the local fishing boats. We enjoyed a good sighting of several seals as we followed the narrow road around the head of the bay. Just before the last house in Acairseid we climbed a stile on the left side of the road, where there is a yellow marker post

We followed a rough and faint path across wet ground and passed Loch a’ Chapuill which was covered in waterlilies. Beyond the loch we followed the path to the coast to reach the destination of the walk, a small rocky cove. We’d heard that the cove is popular with otters and we lingered here for a while in the hope of a sighting, but were out of luck. All too soon it was time to be heading back in order to catch the ferry to Barra, so we retraced our steps back to the start of an excellent short walk

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