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Landing Place Rhenigidale - geograph.org.uk - 1442021.jpg
The landing place at Rhenigidale
Rèinigeadal is located in Outer Hebrides
Rèinigeadal shown within the Outer Hebrides
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Coordinates: 57°55′05″N 6°41′02″W / 57.918°N 6.684°W / 57.918; -6.684

Rèinigeadal (or Rhenigidale) is a small settlement in Harris, in the Western Isles in Scotland. It is situated on the east coast of Harris, 8 km east of Tarbert, at the western side of the entrance to Loch Seaforth. Rèinigeadal is situated within the parish of Harris.[1] Rèinigeadal had no road access until 1990; the only route in was 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) along a hill path, or by boat. The road now links to the A859.[2]

Rèinigeadal Hostel

Rèinigeadal has a youth hostel, run by the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust. This opened in 1962, and was the first Gatliff hostel.[3]

The hamlet does not have any shops, restaurants or public houses.[4] The National Grid only started providing islanders with electricity in 1980.[5] and the hostel only started using electricity in June 1990.

Acair Ltd. released a book on the village and the fight for the road, 'Rhenigidale - A Community's Fight for Survival', in August 2016.

Rèinigeadal boasted Britain's last single-digit telephone number (Rhenigidale 1) until converted in March 1990.[6]

Panoramic view of Rèinigeadal from the hostel
Panoramic view from the hostel


  1. ^ "Harris, Rhenigidale". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Reinigeadal". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rhenigidale Hostel Details". Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Go off-grid: places to stay in the UK without Wi-Fi, mobile reception or TV". Guardian Unlimited. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Wills, Dixe (11 August 2007). "The bunks stop here". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Phone Number is up for Rhenigidale 1". Daily Telegraph. 5 March 1990. 

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