Safety and access information

Preparing for your pilgrimage – Terrain, weather and safety

The walking terrain varies across each section. Much of the route is over stony roads and tracks, so stout shoes or walking boots are recommended at all times.

Weather changes very quickly in our island setting, and so you are advised to carry suitable waterproof clothing at all times. Much of the route is over moorland in the centre of the island where the views are spectacular, but the windchill can be marked. Please prepare well for your pilgrimage.

You can find information about the whole of the West Island Way by following this link:

For more advice on safety and rambling in general, follow this link:

Scottish Countryside Access code

Please always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access code: details can be found here: