Superlatives fail to describe the wild white-shell beaches, views across to St Kilda and the mountains of Harris, the extraordinary machair and abundant wildlife here. Vallay is a remote and secret destination for nature lovers and pioneering outdoor enthusiasts – walkers, swimmers, surfers, kite-surfers, and windsurfers – you’ll rarely see another soul. After a fabulous crossing of tidal sands why not wild camp for the night for a magnificent dark skies experience.

Details of an epic tidal crossing, coastal circumnavigation on foot and all the points of interest on the way can be found in the book Islandeering: adventures around the outside edge of Britain’s hidden islands