There is excellent walking right outside the front door; An Cliseam, Tòdun and the Skeaudale Horseshoe for those who like the high hills and the Urgha footpath for those who prefer lower ground. Although there are few footpaths marked on the Ordnance Survey maps, there are good walks all over the island; high level routes on ridges that sweep down to sandy beaches; easier routes that take in antiquities and off the beaten track routes that take you deep in to isolated glens, where you’ll find the eagle and the mountain hare.
If you don’t want to walk alone, you can join the North Harris Ranger who organises walks two or three times a week or check out Our Wild Harris on facebook for all sorts of tailored outdoor activities.
There are a couple of excellent mountain biking trails nearby. Turning left out of the front gate leads you to the old postman’s path between Rhenigidale and Urgha and this can be turned into a loop by riding up Loch Lacasdale to Maraig than back along the road to the start point. An equally dramatic route is the stalking path between Aird a’ Mhulaidh and Glen Meavaig which takes you deep into the mountains. For those who prefer to stick to the road, there are miles of quiet roads all over the island. We are, of course, just off the increasingly popular Hebridean Way- NCR 780- that goes all the way up the Western Isles.
Bikes are available for hire from Bike Hebrides and Bespoke Bicycles (07876 570932), but it’s best to book in advance.
The Outer Hebrides is a game angler’s dream location. Fish Hebrides and Obbe Fishing provide details of available rods and how to book them and also provides listings for instructors and equipment hire. Just bring your catch home and have it for dinner. Alternatively, bring your own rod and try your hand at hooking a few pollack from off the rocks.
Archery, abseiling,kayaking, gorge climbing and guided walks can be arranged from the Scaladale Centre.