The southern half of the Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Harris is one of Scotland’s wildest and most remote islands, rich in long sandy beaches and challenging hill walking territory. Lochs to the south of the island offer top fishing territory, with surfing on Harris’s beaches and cycling around the interior also popular.
What’s Harris Like?
Most of the island’s population live in main town Tarbert in the south of Harris or in the south eastern Leverburgh area, whilst the remote North Harris area is where you’ll find the island’s most spectacular mountainous scenery popular for climbing, hill walking, abseiling and more. Outdoor centres like Scaledale at Ardvourlie offer a package of team building and adventure activity days out.
Learn more about the geology and history of the Isle of Harris at the Seallam Visitor Centre just south of Tarbert. The centre offers a variety of guided walks, plus an on-site cafe and shop. Fishing fans will find plenty to please in the South Harris and Leverburgh area which is dotted with freshwater lochs popular for trout and salmon fishing.
The West coast of Harris doesn’t disappoint for some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Experience the clearest of blue waters at world famous Harris beach Traigh Losgaintir with views towards off shore island Taransay. You can pick up day trip boats across to Transay, the island star of BBC TV programme ‘Castaway’, from Horgabost beach. A host of magnificent beach bays bordered by the flower-rich machair line the West Coast of Harris, with favourites including surfing mecca Scarista.
Isle of Scalpay
Off the north coast of Harris is the famed Isle of Scalpay, connected to the main island by a single track bridge. The three mile walk out to the red and white Eilean Glas Lighthouse on the north coast of the Isle of Scalpay is a popular trail with visitors. The Lighthouse was Scotland’s first, constructed in 1789.
Getting to Harris
Ferry services to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris run from Uig on the Isle of Skye (twice daily in summer, once a day in winter). The Skye to Harris ferry is a large car ferry service with plentiful amenities on-board. Pick up great deals on Island Hopscotch tickets from Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean & Clyde Ferries incorporating Barra, the Uists, Harris, Skye and Lewis. Ferry services on Harris also run from the south between Leverburgh and the Isle of Berneray, which is then connected on to North Uist via a causeway.
Staying on Harris
Browse a choice of holidays around the Isle of Harris and a selection of B&Bs and small hotels in main town Tarbert close to the ferry port. Boasting excellent amenities including a tearoom and tourist information centre, Tarbert also offers a choice of boat trips cruises out to wildlife islands like Kilda, Scarp, Soay, Scotisay, Taransay, Ensay and Pabbay. Find places to stay on the wild isle – book Harris accommodation online now!