Rugged Run

Rugged Run – Isle of Lewis – Traigh Mhor

Traigh Mhor beach translates in English to ‘Big Beach’ Gaelic is quite a straightforward language when it comes to naming things.

Some exampes are:

Conic Hill: Cnoc Còinnich – ‘mossy hill’

Creachan Mòr: An Creachann Mòr – ‘the great bare rocky hilltop’

Meall Reamhar: – ‘hill of large circumference’

I wasn’t sure how long a length of the beach would be but but I fancied trying to do as many lengths of it as possible until I got bored. Although if I got bored of a beach with amazing views then that means I am bored with life itself.

I manged 4 laps which was about 15 miles. I started off slow as I was tired from a long run the previous day. Thankfully, I felt better as the run progressed. Lap one was awful but lap four was great.

The tide was in when I started but out on the last lap which meant I could visit the caves at the end of the beach. They are only accessible at low tide.




Rating: 5 out of 5.

It is a beutiful beach. if you are tired of beaches then you are tired of life!


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a car park next to the beach. It is normally quiet but occasionally camper vans use it as a camping spot. The road down to the car park is very steep.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There are male and female toilets

Nearest cafe

Rating: 1 out of 5.

There is nothing close by. Bring your own snacks.

Run Surface

100% sand

Dog Friendly

Yes – no sheep or animals spotted on route.


Very flat

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