The book, The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way, describes a 230 mile journey through the Scotland's Outer Hebridean islands. The journey starts at the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly tip of the Isle of Lewis, and takes you to Heillanish Point, the most southerly point of Vatersay.
As far as possible the walk uses old tracks and ways. It takes you through ever many of the islands in this remote and beautiful Scottish archipelago. These are islands where the soft green sward of the machair dotted with wild flowers in spring and summer contrasts with the inspiring and rugged mountains.
On the way to Vatersay you will walk through the islands of Lewis, Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra. You will experience a live Gaelic culture, see many important sites where the history of the islands was made and be able to examine artifacts from the islands' Celtic heritage. You will also come into contact with the crofting economy, see a unique natural environment and wonder at vast expenses of empty golden beaches.
Scotland's most interesting & challenging long distance walk
The timeless way has proved itself as one of Scotland's most memorable long distance walks. At 230 miles it is over twice the length of the West Highland Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path on the Welsh border. But it is shorter than the Pennine Way. It provides a memorable experience to those who enjoy long distance walking.
Walking the Timeless Way
Thanks to this book walkers now know how to walk from the Butt of Lewis to Vatersay using old tracks and ways. The existence of historic navigational markers, standing stones, posts, lines of stones on the fords and cairns will guide today’s walkers just as they have always guided islanders walking from place to place in the timeless way.
About 50% is along quiet roads. Walking along the old tracks and ways is walking in the timeless way, the way in which countless generations of islanders have walked from house to house, township to township or, for the children, from home to school.
Re-using these old tracks allows the walker to gain insights into the historic context of island life and gives a better understanding of contemporary Hebridean society whilst exploring. Its the slow way to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. This is a timeless way is a window in time which gives a unique view of the past whilst shedding a light on the present.
The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way is more than a book about walks in the islands. It describes a journey into the past and provides a window to the future. Every step of the way is memorable. The beauty of the islands will take your breath away. The deserted wilderness areas will inspire. The sound of the wind, the silence of the still days and the constant rhythm of the sea will be your constant companions.
About the author
Peter Clarke is well known in the islands not only as an authority on old tracks and ways but also as the Chairman of the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust which runs the three Crofters' hostels at Berneray, Howmore and Rhenigidale. He has been researching old tracks and ways for over 40 years both by studying old maps and books and collecting information from islanders and visitors. Peter carried out two years of fieldwork before choosing the route for the Timeless Way.
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