Rugged Run – Luskentyre Beach (Iain)

When I was young my next door neighbor stood in a general election as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the western isles.

Unfortunately the western isles wasn’t interested in the party of Paddy Pantsdown. My neighbor struggled to get any support. Eventually he became so frustrated at his lack of coverage at hustings and in the press that he started inventing wilder and wilder election pledges.

His wildest was a promise that if he was elected he’d build pyramids in the moors of the Isle Of Lewis. His reasoning was logical – building pyramids would create jobs and once they were built they’d increase tourism thus creating even more jobs.

Unfortunately his radical idea failed to win any votes! The island was not yet ready to build a Gaelic Tutankhamen tomb.

He probably thought his idea was original but Scotland already has a homemade pyramid. It is hidden away on a hillside on Balmoral estate on a path known only to instagrammers and people who google “how to find balmoral pyramid?”

When I die I’d be happy with just some flowers and some cards. I don’t like to make a fuss.

To access the cairn you can either pay money to enter the estate or you can walk a bit further and start at Easter Balmoral estate. From here there is free access to the estate. At least I hope it’s free. Maybe the queen sets the SAS on you if she spots you sneaking in. If you get shot don’t blame me.



Rating: 3 out of 5.

A nice forest walk but a bit samey after a while.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

There is a big car park next to the estate.


Rating: 3 out of 5.


Nearest cafe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

THere are a couple of cafes next to the car park.

Run Surface

90% trail, 10% concrete

Dog Friendly

Yes but I think there was a note asking they be kept on a lead.



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