Route: Vatersay 

Area: Outer Hebrides

Date of walk: 5th September 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.0 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny

Vatersay is the southernmost inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides. It is linked to Barra by a causeway which was completed in 1991. The causeway is not tidal, so there’s no fear of getting stranded. Having driven over the causeway we continued to the south of the island and parked by the community hall, which is on a strip of land separating the two beaches at the narrow point on the island. There is a cafe and toilets here 

After walking along the road very briefly we located a faint path leading across grassland. This soon brought us to a gate and steps leading down onto the first of the beaches on our itinerary – Tràigh Siar. We walked along the beach and climbed up the grassy slopes beyond it. Cattle had churned up the boggy ground and progess wasn’t easy at first. The going became easier as we gained height and we made a short there and back detour to a standing stone, the significance of which is unknown. The views from the rocky hill by the stone were superb. From here we returned to the main route and followed the marker posts in a southeast direction gently downhill towards the coast to reach a tiny secluded sandy cove on the edge of Bagh a Deas, with the island of Sandray visible ahead

At the end of the beach we headed inland and uphill, passing above the remains of the village of Eorisdale. We headed towards the imposing face of Am Meall and turned left before reaching it to follow a path along the coast, where we saw several seals in the sea below. The path eventually arrived at Vatersay Bay and the final beach of the day. We walked along the white sands and at the end of the beach climbed up through the dunes to reach the end of the walk

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