Backdoor safari - Mangersta

Stunning sea views make this walk something special.   Poto: Aphra Blunt
Stunning sea views make this walk something special. Poto: Aphra Blunt

It’s been a long, long winter, but spring is finally here, and the next few months are the perfect time to get back outside and enjoy our amazing island wildlife.

Between now and the end of summer Curracag, the Western Isles Natural History Society, will be organising a series of walks around Lewis and Harris townships.

These gentle and relaxed rambles, which we are calling Backdoor Safaris, will be a great opportunity to explore an area’s wildlife, habitats, archaeology and history. Led by local members, the walks are open to all and participants will be encouraged to share their own knowledge and expertise with the group.

To kick off, local crofter Elsie Mitchell will be leading a walk around Mangersta and its dramatic seacliffs.

The event takes place on Saturday 22nd March and starts at 2pm at Elsie’s croft: to find her drive through Uig and take the turn off to Mangersta, following the signs for Mangurstadh Gallery / Mangersta Wigwams.

Tea and coffee will be available at Elsie’s after the walk. Boots or wellies are recommended, as some of the paths may be a little muddy...

For further information on any Curracag events in Lewis and Harris please contact Mick Blunt from wild land conservation charity the John Muir Trust: email – or on telephone – 07724 150015