The Hebridean Way - a new island pathway

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A project to establish a new long distance cycling and walking route between Vatersay and Stornoway has recently begun work in Lewis and Harris.

Chris Harris was appointed last month to oversee the development of the northern phase of the ‘Hebridean Way’ project which is expected to generate an additional £2.8 million per annum for the local economy.

The path which will take you through some of Scotland’s most outstanding landscapes, has the potential to be the country’s next major walking trail, alongside the West Highland Way and the John Muir Way.

Chris will be working over the next eighteen months or so to identify and then build a cross-country route from Leverburgh to Stornoway, although a future phase is planned if additional funds can be secured, to extend the route north to the Butt of Lewis.

The Hebridean Way project is being developed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Scottish Natural Heritage with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, to encourage people to get out into the outdoors, get some exercise and enjoy the spectacular wildlife and scenery for which the Outer Hebrides are so rightly famous.

It is hoped that by creating a 181 mile long route the islands will benefit from significantly increased tourism and visitor numbers.