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Scottish walk 'even better than its history'

Posted 11 February 2011
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Scottish walk 'even better than its history'
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The island of Eriskay has a grand history, but an even better walk, it has been claimed, something that could tempt people to buy Ordnance Survey maps of the Western Isles.

Featured as Walk of the Week in the Scotsman newspaper, the trek along the coast involves a 430 m climb and lasts three to four hours, with the area famous as the site of Bonnie Prince Charlie's first landfall in Scotland.

"Despite the history, it is the turquoise sea, white sands and rugged coast that takes the breath away," the paper noted.

The walk also takes in the An Politician pub, named after another historical event 70 years ago when the SS Politician sank nearby, with locals soon rescuing its cargo of 264,000 bottles of whisky.

Eriskay is part of the Western Isles, which could see more walkers should a call made last year for Harris to get national park status be heeded.

The suggestion was made last October by Ramblers Scotland director Dave Morris on the occasion of the extension of the Cairngorms National Park boundary into parts of Perthshire.