The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way by Peter Clarke
ISBN 9 780955 069604 Price £9.99 Pocket size. 216 pp Illustrated with sketch maps
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 Timeless Way 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.
As you walk from the Butt of Lewis to Vatersay you will visit most of the islands of the Outer Hebrides. The Timeless Way crosses 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 remote 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 off road, the rest 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.
The Outer Hebrides The Timeless Way shows the reader how to find their own way through the islands. The Timeless Way is just one of many routes which can be used to walk through the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
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