An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Wonderful coastal hiking circuit taking in the highpoint of Beinn Scorabhaig, 104 metres, and the Eilean Glas – a peninsula on Scalpay’s eastern shore and home to a spectacular and atmospheric red and white-striped lighthouse. From its terrace there are great views over the Minch and the Little Minch and on clear days you can see the Shiant Islands, the home for a huge numbers of nesting seabirds. It’s also a great place to spot whales, dolphins and basking sharks. Café Bistro is a must do – expect dishes made with hake, halibut, turbot, sea bream, salmon or monkfish with local hand-dived scallops, langoustines and prawns galore along with Harris lamb and venison.

Check out our 50 favourite island circumnavigations in our book Islandeering: adventures around the outside edge of Britain’s hidden islands

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