Traigh Scarista


Route: Traigh Scarista

Area: Outer Hebrides, South Harris

Date of walk: 11th March 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.4 miles

Ascent: 50 feet

Weather: Rain and dark skies

On the last full day of our week on the Outer Hebrides it rained all day. We could hardly complain as the weather had been superb up to now. We’d planned a longer walk, but the conditions were against us so we decided on a short walk along Traigh Scarista, or Scarista Beach. We have a good view over the sands from our rented holiday cottage at Blue Reef (which I can highly recommend)
There is access to the beach from Sgarasta Bheag. Look out for a red post box at the side of the road, and there are a few parking spaces close by, opposite the cemetery. We passed through a gate and onto the machair and, after a couple of minutes, reached the sand dunes which line the shore of Traigh Scarista. We descended to the beach and turned left in the direction of Ceapabhal which we’d climbed on our first day on Harris
Further description of the route isn’t necessary, it’s a simple matter of walking along the beach and retracing your footsteps in the sand. The walk can be shortened or extended according to time available
NOTE: the map shown is only a rough guide and the route will vary according to the tide times. Don’t be tempted to stray too far out as there are quicksands and there is also a risk of becoming stranded by the incoming tide

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