Explore – Around Rhenigidale

The road ends at Rhenigidale, but the haunting beauty of the area & the social life in the hostel takes over.

Rhenigidale: Take the W11 Bus - Arrive in Style

  There was a time when Rhenigidale was accessed only by sea, apart from the tortuous track towards Tarbert. Now there’s a daily (excluding Sundays) service with connections to Stornoway....Read More »

Rhenigidale bus service

The W11 bus service operates to and from Rhenigidale towards Tarbert, Harris and Stornoway, Lewis. It is a request service and must be booked the day before by 2000 for...Read More »

50 Rhenigidale Points to Ponder

Take time out, visit Rhenigidale and sit down to ponder the 50 items that have been collected here, and in the items below, to promote a visit to the hostel...Read More »

Going Up

The population of the Western Isles declined by 9.9% during the 30 years from 1981 – 2011. However, during the last ten years of that period, it increased by 4.5%....Read More »

The Original Way

The word ‘remote’ is often used to describe Rhenigidale – for it is approached by a long single-track road from the junction on the A859 or by an arduous walk...Read More »

Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane, an acclaimed travel writer, has produced Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places and The Old Ways; A Journey On Foot. This is an extract from an article of...Read More »

Cosy in Crofters' Hostel

There is something cosy and attractive about the glow from the stove at Rhenigidale, photographed here by Gareth Harper. The winter weather can be bracing and the conditions somewhat bleak,...Read More »

Reciprocal Views?

Early this month there was an item on how an American visitor to Rhenigidale travelled on the same school bus and was slightly bemused by the normal attitude of the...Read More »

'Insignificant Village'

A blog by Diamond Geezer features Rhenigidale and describes it as ‘the insignificant village’. The piece was written in 2006 and looks back to the 1980s and beyond. The walk there has often...Read More »

A Best Wild Place

Christopher Somerville’s book Britain and Ireland’s Best Wild Places: 500 Essential Journeys was published some three years ago, but certain factors do not date. Jonny Muir’s review in The Ecologist...Read More »

Ways and Means

There are several different ways of getting to and from Rhenigidale. People will devise approaches and write about them. Some wanted to be brought by their Isetta which they had...Read More »

Final Phone Pursuits

Here’s an extract from Secret Scotland Forum: ‘It wasn’t the last manual telephone – it was ‘Rhenigidale 1’  in the village of Rhenigidale on the Isle of Harris which didn’t get...Read More »

Former Townships

Previous blogs have encouraged visitors to Rhenigidale to continue exploring by walking  over the hill, not around the coast, to Molinginish. The Northern Trip site gives plenty of background to...Read More »

Google Map

Google captures both urban and rural with its street views and maps. Here’s the Rhenigidale perspective as presented by WikiMapia – with some added photographs taken by interested parties of...Read More »

Schools Hebridean Society

The Schools Hebridean Society had a short, but eventful history. A significant number of school-pupils took part in camping expeditions to various islands and some of these adventurous spirits have...Read More »

Rainbow to Rhenigidale

Now here’s a blog that was hoisted into cyberspace – rather like this rainbow – on 1 November last. It’s the work of Ken Ilgunas, who describes himself as a...Read More »

Arithmetic Lesson

The decline in island population numbers during the first half of the last century is well-illustrated in the answer, involving a series of place-names and figures, to a parliamentary question...Read More »

Go Off-Grid?

Some 18 months ago a journalist wrote a piece for The Guardian about settlements without wi-fi, mobile or television connections. Among the places he located was Rhenigidale. The telephone was...Read More »

Still Active

Among Gatliff visitors are those who cruise to Rhenigidale by road and those who use the Path. Then there are those who recall the days when there was no road....Read More »

Warmth in Winter

Earlier this year Cody Duncan visited Rhenigidale, with his camera, and returned with some remarkable winter images of Luskentyre, peat cutting fields and of the hostel. His website and blog...Read More »

Go On, Blog

Take a look at the blog, The Road North – with its text and images – by Ken Cockburn. It considers aspects of his stay on Harris, with an emphasis...Read More »

Cold ... and Compelling

The photograph by Roderick Read is from a vantage point above Rhenigidale on a cold day. It is a reminder that although the settlement is at sea level and, therefore, reasonably temperate,...Read More »

Moon Over The Minch

The hours of daylight are restricted during the winter months in the North of Scotland. This photograph taken by Julian Devine from the shore at Rhenigidale indicates something of the...Read More »

Todun to Scale

The writer of this blog on Todun focuses on its being part of the hills of North Harris and a peak that has attracted Rhenigidale hostellers. It is obvious that...Read More »

155-Year Span

Here is a fine place to start research into family connections and to be in awe of the longevity of the two Duncans, members of the MacInnes family from 1827...Read More »

Seven Years On

Blogs come and go, although some become almost electronic monuments to places and events. Robert Hawkins enjoyed a motor-cycle tour of Scotland in September 2006 and his photographs and descriptions...Read More »

Gary-Aloteger - in name only

To the west of Rhenigidale, on the footpath towards the zig-zag lies Gary-Aloteger. Here’s something of its history: ‘Notes NB 2209 0184 A walkover survey was undertaken on 10 May 2009...Read More »

Winter's Coming

The evenings are closing in at around two minutes every 24 hours. When British Summer Time ends on Sunday morning next, the Winter will soon be with us. Take advantage...Read More »

The Sheriff's Nose

Here’s an account from a BBC website: ‘A view across Loch Trollamarig from above Molinginish. If you look closely left of centre, you can see a shadow cast against the...Read More »

The Tale of a Trail - Part Two

There are numerous routes to enjoy, but for the adventure of a change of height – a thousand feet in almost as many steps – follow the second instalment of...Read More »

The Tale of a Trail - Part One

Here’s the first part of an account by Marc Calhoun of his journey from Urgha to Rhenigidale, a route that was planned in advance but where something thwarted progress. The...Read More »

Follow The Independent

The summit has been reached after the steady climb from Urgha on the Tarbert to Scalpay road. Now the Postman’s Path begins its descent towards Rhenigidale. Mark Rowe made the...Read More »

From Harris With Love

The BBC Alba programme – From Harris With Love – Episode Three will be available on iPlayer for the next four weeks (towards the end of October 2013) and is...Read More »

Rhenigidale Shepherd

Photographs of Angus Campbell, a shepherd who crofts in the hills around Rhenigidale hostel, have appeared at @anlanntair (www.lanntair.com/) the arts centre in Stornoway. They give a graphic insight into the daily...Read More »

When the FT Covered Rhenigidale

Most news and data that appear in the Financial Times do not concern the sort of business conducted in Rhenigidale. However, some four years ago the North Harris settlement and...Read More »

An Ultimate Gallery

You may have stayed at or been in Rhenigidale on a number of occasions, but this collection of photographs from fluidr, the French equivalent of flickr, provides an Ultimate Gallery...Read More »

Take the High Route

There are several ways of approaching Rhenigidale – with anticipation, interest, curiosity, relief or, perhaps, trepidation. It varies as to whether you are on foot, bicycle or in a car....Read More »

Going, Going ...

Settlements on the shores of islands were often once thriving, but with road improvements they became cut off and ready for abandonment. Up the Loch Seaforth coast from Rhenigidale was Nostar, and here...Read More »

Looking Around

Rhenigidale is well located for those wanting to climb the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides, Clisham. At 2621′ it is in the Corbett category and, of course, affords fine...Read More »

'Cute and Comfortable'

TripAdvisor has just one review of the Rhenigidale Hostel where it’s described as ‘cute and comfortable’ with a ‘friendly warden’. There’s obviously much more to be said about its facilities and...Read More »

A View from Down Under

The Eagleton Notes come with a wide range of topics and are compiled by a Hebridean turned Kiwi. He resides in the Summers – whenever they are happening in New...Read More »

Back of the Hostel ... and Beyond

To many people, Rhenigidale is at the back of beyond, but to those who like to go that little further there is a 15 minute walk behind the hostel to...Read More »

Links to Remote Rhenigidale

Despite its remoteness, Rhenigidale became in the forefront, at least from the latter part of the 20th Century, of telecommunications. Although at one time it had just one phone, that...Read More »

Todun in Full

The peak close to Rhenigidale is Todun. At 1732′ high it is visible from across The Minch and is in that group of hills called ‘Marilyns’ that are beloved by...Read More »

Flickr For Filling with Fotos

Every place and topic seems to have a gallery to itself on Flickr and Rhenigidale is no exception. However, the number of photographs on display within it is limited and...Read More »

A Boundary Marker

Loch Seaforth is an impressive sea-loch that divides Lewis and Harris. Once, before the Western Isles were granted unified local authority status, it marked the boundary between Ross & Cromarty and...Read More »

Venturing Beyond the End of the Road

Ventures begin at the end of the road to Rhenigidale. A great way to find out more of the walks and sights of the area is to acquire a copy...Read More »

Following in the Footsteps of the Postman

Before the road was built to Rhenigidale, the postman made his deliveries by a well-defined path involving some arduous climbs en route to and from the Tarbert to Scalpay road....Read More »

Domesday Recalled at Rhenigidale

In 1986 extensive research was done to record aspects of everyday life in the United Kingdom. The data has been stored in the Domesday Project and can be retrieved. Here...Read More »

Driving Down to Rhenigidale

  This video – Driving Down to Rhenigidale – will be an introduction for many and bring back memories for some, especially for those who have walked or cycled the road. Some...Read More »

Near and Yet So Far

The settlement of Molinginish is relatively close to Rhenigidale by sea, although obscured by promontories. Walking there along the coast is hazardous and so the recommended route is to take...Read More »