Iolaire Monument

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The walk starts at the bus station in Stornoway and leads past two memorials in the centre of the town. It will then pass along the sea wall to the shore at Sandwick Bay. Beyond that, the small village of Lower Sandwick is reached, which is the point where the views start to extend right down the east coast.

Lower Sandwick is a quiet crofting village, looking out over Stornoway. The best view of the town is had from the southern end of Lower Sandwick, just before you descend to Little Sandwick Bay. Stornoway is framed by the bulk of the Barvas Hills, five miles to the north-west. It's a very nice picture on a sunny day.

After Lower Sandwick, the walk takes to a paved path which will gradually ascend past Stoneyfields Farm, with the steepness of the path increasing as it progresses uphill.

At the highest point of the walk, the view broadens out to the peninsula of Point (Eye Peninsula on many maps), the islands of Holm and mountains on the Scottish mainland, fifty miles away. There is a path down to the monument and an explanatory plaque at its start.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Outer Hebrides - Isle of Lewis


Birds, Cafe, Castle, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Moor, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
4/18/2022 - Guido Blokland

The walk has been updated and revised to reflect the new path between Lower Sandwick and Holm Point.

1/6/2019 - Guido Blokland

A new path has been constructed to the memorial, which has been extended. It was unveiled by HRH Prince Charles, the Lord of the Isles, on 1 January 2019. The Centenary of the Iolaire Disaster, the subject matter of the walk.

6/25/2018 - Guido Blokland

Walk updated June 2018

4/4/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated April 2008.