Aird a'Mhorain

Aird a’Mhorain

Route: Aird a’Mhorain

Area: Outer Hebrides, North Uist

Date of walk: 5th March 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Sunny at first, soon clouding over, very windy 

On the first day of a short stay on North Uist we decided to visit a headland on the north of the island known as Aird a’Mhorain. There are three beaches on both sides of the narrow neck of land – Tràigh Iar, Tràigh Ear and Tràigh Udal. This walk would visit all of them

We parked at the road end beyond Grenitote where there is a small parking area (an honesty box suggests a donation of £2). We set off along a sandy track at the edge of Tràigh Ear, crossing a small burn via some slippery stepping stones. The burn can be avoided by a detour inland if the water is high. We soon arrived on the golden sands of Tràigh Ear and walked along the beach, accompanied by numerous oystercatchers along the way. We reached a spit of land known as Corran Aird a Mhorain which we crossed to reach the outer beach. We’d heard that this is a good place to spot otters but were out of luck today

Eventually the sands petered out to be replaced by pebbles and at this point we headed up onto grassy terrain to reach the cemetery of the Macleans of Boreray. The small island of Boreray can be seen beyond the cemetery. We continued towards the highest point of the headland, the OS trig point at the summit of Aird a’Mhorain, a good viewpoint – which we had to cling onto to avoid being blown off our feet! From here we descended to Tràigh Udal on the west side of the headland. At the end of the beach we crossed over a small hillock, at which point we were beset by ferocious winds which were sandblasting our faces. Progress from here on became arduous. The return via Tràigh Iar and its dunes wasn’t the pleasant experience it should have been, and it was a relief to arrive back at the start of an otherwise wonderful walk

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