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Wednesday April 24th, 2024

The Walk to the Summit of Waterstein Head


A short walk to the Trig Point on Waterstein Head, giving astounding views. 2-3 miles. 2 hours.

Getting There

From Milovaig, follow the road back towards Glendale and take your first right onto the Neist Road. You can either walk, or take the car.

Continue along this road as it gently climbs uphill and park in the lay-by on the left hand side when you reach the summit. This is at the point where the road begins to descend steeply down to Waterstein.

The Walk

Running at 90 degrees to the road, to your left, you will see a stone/turf dyke running along the ridge towards Waterstein Head. Follow the ridge, as it climbs towards Waterstein Head, and then continue along the edge of the cliff, on a well-worn track until you reach the summit and Trig Point (970 feet above sea-level).

The views are incredible, through 360 degrees: with MacLeod’s Tables behind, Lorgill Bay to your left, the Western Isles ahead, and Moonen Bay/Neist to the right.

For those wishing to extend the walk, it is possible to continue along the cliff top, towards Ramasaig, and cut across the moor to join up with the Ramasaig road, or re-trace your steps back to the lay-by.

Waterstein Head and Loch Mor
Waterstein Head reflected in Loch Mor.

Waterstein Sightings & News

21st Apr 2024


Minke Whale - Neist
April 2024

There was a minke whale off Neist at mid-day that did one close pass but mostly remained quite distant. There were two harbour porpoises close to shore at Neist at mid-day.

Some passage migrants at Neist today : 1 bonxie north, 1 whimbrel north, 7 puffins north, 1 barnacle goose north, 30 whooper swans north, 1 sand martin north. There were large numbers of guillemots and razorbills heading south. There was a leucorhoa type female wheatear on the point.

31st Mar 2024


Minke Whale - Neist Point
March 2024

Harbour Porpoise - Neist Point
March 2024

There were two minke whales back at Neist Point, the first of the year, and two harbour porpoises.


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