Harris & Scalpay
Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)

Luskentyre beach
Luskentyre and the hills of North Harris

Harris is a beautiful island of contrasts with spectacular scenery and a unique unspoilt atmosphere. In the west are vast expanses of white sand whilst the north and east are rugged, rocky places which make you think you have reached the moon. There are very few trees so look out for those in Tarbert, Borve, Horgabost and Luskentyre and make the most of them. In the Bays area, the lunar landscape is indented with hundreds of little lochs and on a clear day you can see over to the Isle of Skye.

Here in the Western Isles (also known as the Outer Hebrides) the landscape and history of Harris, together with the hospitality of its people provide a wonderful escape from the pressures of modern life. With luck you may even see otters, seals, eagles or dolphins. Deer tend to keep to the high ground during the summer, but sometimes you can see them near Ardhasaig and Ardvoulie along the main road from Tarbert to Stornoway. In the summer months there are many colourful wild flowers to be seen on the machair. My grandmother was born here in Tarbert, so for me it is a very special place.

To enjoy Harris and neighbouring Lewis at the nice slow pace they deserve, you really need 3 or 4 days. After that you will have fallen in love with the islands and will probably want to return for a week or more on your next visit! Combined with the islands of the Uists and Barra to the south, you could easily spend 2 weeks here and still not want to go home.

Western Isles map

You can often see what look like patterns on the hillsides of Harris. These are the so-called Lazy Beds (and yet life was hard!) where the crofters used to grow potatoes and a few vegetables. They managed to cut strips of land between the rocks and fertilise what little soil there was with enough seaweed to provide them with a bit of something to put with the fish they caught. Today you will still see them cutting peat for fuel.

The famous Harris tweed is made all over both Harris and Lewis. It can be bought in many of the islands' shops and also direct from the weavers (at Luskentyre for example or Plocrapool). Genuine Harris tweed bears the orb symbol, the mark of the Harris Tweed Association. The wool is Scottish in origin (often from the islands, although not always), but for it to be classed as Harris Tweed, it must be spun, dyed, finished and woven in the Hebrides.

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How to get to Harris

Main vehicle ferry:
A ferry runs from Uig on the Isle of Skye to Tarbert, the main village on Harris. It takes 1 hour 35 minutes to cross the Minch. Vehicle reservation required. Look out for dolphins.
The official Caledonian Macbrayne web site lists the current timetables in detail. There are fewer sailings in winter.

Vehicle ferry between Harris and North Uist / Berneray:
A ferry sails from Leverburgh on the southern coast of Harris across to the island of Berneray which is now joined by a causeway to North Uist. Numerous trips a day during the summer, but less in winter (October to Easter). Journey time: 1 hour.
The official Caledonian Macbrayne web site lists the current timetables in detail.

Although treated as two separate islands with distinct characteristics, Harris and Lewis form a single landmass. This means you can drive from one to the other. The main road between Stornoway (Lewis) and Tarbert (Harris) is 37 miles which takes about an hour by car or bus. See How to get to Lewis by air and ferry.

Buses:
There are lots of different bus routes on Harris and Lewis. Visit the local council web site for the bus timetables.
You can generally pick up free sheets with timetables for each local route from the tourist office. Buses generally run in time with the ferries and there are less in winter than in summer.

Tours:

On Saturdays from 17 May to 6 September 2014, a coach tour of Lewis operates from Tarbert on Harris to coincide with the arrival of ferry from Skye. The bus takes you on a circular tour of Lewis (including Callanish, Gearrannan black house village and Stornoway) and brings you back to Tarbert in time for the evening ferry back to Uig on Skye. If you want to do this as a day trip from Skye, book your tickets at the ferry office in Uig (tel: 01470 542219). View Calmac brochure.

Non-landing cruises from Uig (Isle of Skye) to North Uist and/or the Isle of Harris are available on certain days from April to October. Book your tickets at the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry office in Uig (tel: 01470 542219). View Calmac cruises brochure.
There is also a day tour of Lewis possible via the ferry from Ullapool.
Contact Caledonian Macbrayne to check ferry times and prices.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hidden Hebrides specialises in island walking holidays and tours of Lewis, Harris, the Uists and Barra, as well as guided walking day tours on Lewis and Harris. Contact Mick Blunt on 07724 150015.
  • Guided walks in Harris are available from April to October. Contact the Ranger service - tel: 01859 502 222
  • Harris Outdoor Adventure at Leverburgh pier can offer sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, wind karting (also known as X-Sailing or land yachting), as well as mountain bike hire (for families there are also Tag-Along bikes and a chariot trailer). Mobile: 07788425157.
  • Hebridean Fishing Experience is based at Borrisdale on Harris, and offers rock fishing, saltwater fly fishing, angling with a local guide, etc. Tackle hire also available. Telephone 07890484260.
  • Mike Briggs offers a professional hill walking guide service for visitors to Harris. Tel: 01859 502376.
  • North-West Frontiers offer trips to the Highlands and Hebrides with various departure dates enabling you to visit Harris & Lewis plus Skye and the Ullapool area. Ideal to get a real taste of the west coast. They also have trips concentrating exclusively on Harris.
  • Wilderness Scotland offer a wide range of guided walking holidays, wilderness expeditions and historical journeys in Skye and the Western Isles, plus other areas of the Scottish Highlands.
    Special self-guided walking or cycling holidays along the length of the Outer Hebrides, from the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis to the southern-most point on the Island of Barra. All transport, accommodation and bike hire are arranged for you, including optional luggage transfer.
    Also combined sailing/walking holidays with accommodation and meals onboard a yacht. Can include St Kilda.
  • C-N-Do Scotland organises 7-day guided walking holidays in the Hebrides, covering Harris, Lewis and the Uists.

Fishing:
Harris has 8 fisheries throughout the island - click here for list.
Obbe Fishing near Leverburgh offers salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing from mid April to late October. Boats and ghillies (guides) are available. Contact Tim Armstrong - tel: 01859 520466.

Boat Trips:

  • Kilda Cruises depart from Leverburgh and allow you to visit St Kilda in a day (weather permitting). Trips to the Shiant Isles, Flannan Isles, Rona, Monach Isles are also possible. Booking essential. Contact Angus Campbell. Tel: 01859 502060 / Mobile 07760 281804
  • Sea Harris - daily trips from Harris all year to St Kilda or the Shiant Isles (weather permitting). Cruises to Pabbay, Taransay, Scarp and Flannan Isles also possible. Booking is essential. Contact Seumas Morrison. Tel: 01859 502007 / Mobile: 07760 216555.
  • Northern Light offers private charter, wildlife cruises, bird-watching and whale-watching cruises, dive charter, island cruising and research and survey services. 2 boats based in Oban. Tel: 01680 814260. Includes trips to St Kilda.

Info: Shiant Isles - St Kilda
Various cruise ships also visit these islands

Boat trips and kayaking are also available on Lewis.

Shiant Isles
Shiants copyright the Internet Guide to Scotland 2006

St Kilda
St Kilda copyright the Internet Guide to Scotland 2011

Tour Guides:

  • Based on Lewis, Albannach Guided Tours can offer private tours and tour planning (including accommodation) throughout the Hebrides, Scotland and other Celtic countries. Les McInulty is a 'Blue Badge' Gaelic-speaking driver-guide available for hire from 1 hour to 2 weeks. Either for private car, minibus, coach or for guided walks. Lewis & Harris taxi service available. Specialises in day trips to places on the islands which are not accessible by public transport. Tel/Fax: 01851 830433. Mobile: 0774 711 7870.
  • Out And About Tours can offer personal guided tours of Harris & Lewis (half day, full day or longer), as well as 4-night walking and sightseeing packages with hotel accommodation for individuals and/or small groups. Contact Chris Ryan. Tel: 01851 612288.

Travellers' Tips
Petrol (gasoline) is available Monday to Saturday only at Tarbert (from the garage at the back of the Harris Hotel), at Ardhasaig (just a couple of miles north of there) and at Leverburgh. Petrol is also available on Lewis at Stornoway.
Harris Taxi - mobile: 07500450387.

Bike hire is available from:

The people of the Western Isles are well known for the warm welcome they give visitors. They will often go out of their way to help visitors. Many of the locals will pick up hitch-hikers.

Please note that the people of Lewis and Harris have strong religious beliefs and visitors should respect this during their stay. This means that Sunday is a day of rest for them and shops are usually closed. The road signs are in Gaelic here and the language is still spoken by the islanders.

Events
Local events include the Harris Mod (early June), Harris half marathon (5 July 2014), South Harris Agricultural Show at Leverburgh (end July), Harris Arts Festival (28 June - 5 July 2014), plus other festivals too.
Check the exact dates with the tourist office - telephone: 01851 703088.
The Harris Mountain Festival is 13 - 20 September 2014 with a programme of guest speakers, films, guided walks, ceilidh, etc.

For more local events listings on Harris & Lewis, visit welovestornoway.com

Sightseeing

TARBERT
With a population over 500, Tarbert is the capital of Harris. The village only dates back to 1779 when it was established as a fishing settlement. Gradually it took over from Rodel which had always been the historical capital of Harris.

Tarbert

Here you will find a branch of the Bank of Scotland, two grocery stores, hardware store, post office, tourist information centre, hairdressers, 2 hotels with bars, an inn, and a filling station. One of the island's Asian families runs a shop in the main street which sells clothes, shoes, gifts, toiletries, household goods and just about everything you can think of. Mobile shops selling bakery products, fish and groceries tour the island and make regular stops in Tarbert. A mobile Royal Bank of Scotland also visits the village and other parts of Harris.

First Fruits Tearoom on the road leading down to the pier is usually open mornings and afternoons from Monday to Saturday from April - September. Tel: 01859 50 24 39.
For lunch and dinner, you have a choice of the Harris Hotel (bar meals and restaurant), the Harris Inn (adjacent to the hotel) which serves bar meals including a takeaway menu, and the Hotel Hebrides (bar and restaurant, plus a takeaway menu).
There's also the take-away shop called Big D's in Main Street.

Harris Tweed Isle-of-Harris is a shop and warehouse offering clothing, gifts and lengths of tweed to buy at the head of East Loch in Tarbert (tel: 01859 502 040). Just look for the cream coloured building with red roof by the road junction.

Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd is building a distillery in Tarbert which is due to open in spring 2015. The whisky will be called The Hearach (Gaelic for an inhabitant of the island).

Tarbert has a leisure complex including swimming pool, children's pool, spa, sauna and fitness suite near the school.

Black Lab Photos has a photo gallery and workshop open all year Monday - Saturday, 10am till late. Located at West Loch House in West Tarbert (on the road to Stornoway). Contact John Macleod - tel: 01859 502433.

Public telephones can be found in various locations: where vehicles queue for the ferry, opposite the post office and near the school. Public toilets, luggage lockers and a cash machine (ATM) are available in the tourist information centre building near the pier.

Buses run from the car park here to other parts of Harris and up to Stornoway on Lewis. On certain days, guided coach tours are made to Lewis and also South Harris - contact Hebridean Transport (tel: 01851 705050) or ask at the tourist office.

North-West Harris

A day or half-day excursion can be made by heading out of Tarbert on the main road to Stornoway. After 3 miles, you will reach Ardhasaig with its combined grocers and petrol station. New for 2014 is the Hebscape Gallery & Tearoom which is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4.30pm from April to October (01859 502363).
Near here the B887 road branches off to the west. This narrow road twists and turns up and down through the hills along a very scenic route. Here are the three main sights:

BUNAVONEADAR
Here stand the remains of the old whaling station which was built by the Norwegians in the early part of the 20th century. Closed during the First World War, it re-opened afterwards and was bought by Lord Leverhulme 1922. One of his ideas was to turn whale meat into sausages for people in Africa, but this scheme (like most of his others) was a failure. By 1925 Leverhulme was dead and a few years later the whaling station was abandoned. In 1950 it was taken over by another Norwegian who operated it for two years before it was finally closed down. Today its huge chimney stands as a reminder of more prosperous times and there is now talk that it might be turned into a visitors' attraction to explain the history of whaling in the islands. The station was mentioned by 'Peter Pan' author Sir James Barrie in the play 'Mary Rose' that he wrote in 1920 whilst staying at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle. My great-uncle, Captain Henry MacKenzie, used to tow the whale catching boats with his ocean-going tug 'Forager'.

Not far from here the island's only tennis court (built in 1998) sits on a base of 2,000 tons of rock taken from Clisham. Quite a unique location!

EAGLE OBSERVATORY
The North Harris Eagle Observatory is near Mevaig (about 4 miles along the road after the whaling station). At the head of the loch, there is a car park surrounded by a stone wall and from here you take a gated track for 2 km leading north up Glen Mevaig. The Observatory is open to the public all year round.

AMHUINNSUIDHE CASTLE
(pronounced 'avin-suey')

The road runs past the front door, so you can't miss it, but unfortunately you can't stop to admire the view because of the 'No parking' sign. However there is nothing to stop you parking your car before you reach the gates and having a stroll down the road. It is not open to the public but offers accommodation mainly for fishing and shooting on the estate. Please respect the owners' privacy.
From the foot of the hills, it looks southwards to the two Soay islands. Taransay is also visible on a clear day. You can see salmon leaping in the waterfall during the summer. My grandmother worked here as a cook when she was just a young girl.

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

Built by the Earl of Dunmore in 1868, it was recently owned by the Bulmer family of cider fame until its purchase by Ian Scarr-Hall in 2003 as part of a joint bid with the islanders who now own the North Harris estate.
Visit the official web site: amhuinnsuidhe.com. You can get married here or rent the castle for a week for your own house party with fishing and shooting included. Short breaks are sometimes avilable. Corporate events are also catered for.
Their new estate shop is located in The Stables (just beyond the castle) with a range of local produce, books, confectionary, ice creams and soft drinks. Honesty box when not staffed.

Hushinish beach

HUSHINISH BAY AND THE ISLE OF SCARP
Hushinish is a beautiful beach at the end of the B887 road. Park by the toilets and walk over the grass and machair on the right of the road to view the tiny island of Scarp. Scarp was the site of an odd experiment designed by German Gerhardt Zucher to persuade the British Government that mail and medical supplies could be transported to remote islands by rocket. On Saturday 28 July 1934 he sent 4800 letters at 1000 miles per hour in one of his rockets from Scarp to Hushinish, only to have the whole lot explode and scatter all over the shore. Three days later he made another unsuccessful attempt at the experiment from the grounds of Amhuinnsuidhe, then gave up. Needless to say, his idea was not pursued.

Small deposits of asbestos were once found on Scarp. There is a great coastal walk from Hushinish which will lead you to some of the bird colonies on Harris and this is on the programme of guided hikes by North-West Frontiers. You do need a head for heights to get through one of the sections though. I haven't tried it myself....

Scarp from Harris
Copyright The Internet Guide to Scotland

Colin Palmer took a series of photos of Scarp.

North Harris

If you continue on the main Tarbert to Stornoway road, you will pass Clisham which at 799 metres is the highest mountain on Harris. On the right is the turn to Maaruig and Rhenigidale. The road drops steeply, then rises again to give you a roller-coaster ride by car. With the hairpin bend and blind summit, it's not the easiest road for nervous drivers. It follows the route of the old track that was used up until recently to access the village. In the days before the road, the only way to reach Rhenigidale was by boat or by one of two tracks. By this route, the village is 13 miles from Tarbert.

Just before the road finally descends to Rhenigidale (where there's a youth hostel and a few houses), you will see a small sign indicating the start of a track to Tarbert. It descends to a group of deserted old houses and winds its way up, down and around the inlet until you have a steep climb zig-zagging up the hill on the other side. Before the summit, another track branches off to the left to the deserted village of Molinginish. Don't take this track unless you want the extra walk there and back. Continue upwards to the cairn at the top of the hill. You then start to head down to Laxadale Lochs which are at the end of this 4-mile track from Rhenigidale. The picturesque Laxadale Lochs are about 2 miles south of Tarbert.

Further up the Tarbert to Stornoway road is white-washed Ardvourlie Castle (not open to the public). Just north of Ardvourlie you pass through Bowglas. The river here marks the boundary between Harris and Lewis. If you look up Loch Seaforth, you will see Seaforth Island which is half in Harris and half in Lewis. Sometimes dolphins can be seen in this sea loch.

The Scaladale Centre is a newly built residential centre near Ardvourlie Castle. Run by Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association (LHYCA), it offers self catering accommodation for up to 28 people in dorms of 4 to 6 people (some with en-suite facilities). It can be used by youth groups, schools or businesses and also provides outdoor activities such as kayaking, archery, guided walks and abseiling for groups. Pre-booking essential. Tel: 01859 502 502.

Just by here there is a 1000 metre track up the hillside with spectacular views over Loch Seaforth. Car park at Scaladale Centre or just along the road. This is the start of the 'Harris Walkway' which is a series of paths leading all the way to south Harris.

In 2003, the people of Harris were proud to purchase the land which is now run by them as the North Harris Trust.

South Harris

Here are some of the sights that can be found on the 50-mile circular trip around the south part of the island. If you are driving, please note that even though the west coast road is quite good, the east coast road is narrow and twisting, so it will take a couple of hours to get all the way around even if you don't stop to admire the scenery. Start by driving down the east coast with its rugged landscape and miniature fjords, then come back up the west coast and marvel at the beaches.

Take the main road heading south from Tarbert. After a few miles, it branches off to the left on what is called the Golden Road. Explanations vary as to the origin of its name. It was said at the time that it cost so much to build, it must be made of gold. I prefer the more romantic version given in a French guide book which tells of travellers seeing the way ahead paved with gold when it was just the sun shining on the scattered lochs.

The east coast of Harris is known as The Bays for its miniature fjiords. Otters and seals can often be seen here. The road seems to go on forever up and down, round and round through a dozen townships betraying a mixture of Norse and Gaelic origins: Likisto, Geocrab, Beacravik, Manish. Mile after mile of rugged, windswept terrain surrounds you on every side. The Bays

Look out for the sign to Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery at Drinishader. Run by Willie Fulton whose magnificently dramatic paintings can be seen at the Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert and at the Rodel Hotel. Open from 12 - 5pm, Monday - Saturday, April to October. You may also see his wife Moira who also paints. Tel: 01859 511218. The gallery has been awarded 5 stars by VisitScotland.

The shop for Harris Tweed and Knitwear is located in the Old School at Drinishader (tel: 01859 511189).

The Bays Community Centre is worth a stop - home baking, toilets and Internet access. It is situated at Leac a' Li near the road junction where you can cut across to the west coast (along what was the old coffin route). Open summer only Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm. Tel: 01859 530444.
Just a few miles to the south, Skoon Art Cafe at Geocrab offers cakes, coffees & teas, and is a showcase for oil paintings by Andrew John Craig and other artists. Scottish music CDs are also available to buy. Opening times March - October: Tuesday - Saturday (10am-5pm), and November - February Friday - Saturday (11am-4pm). Tel: 01859 530268
Holmasaig Gallery at Quidinish has paintings by Margarita Williams. Tel: 01859 530401.
The Mission House Studio (photography and ceramics) at Finsbay is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm from March to October. Tel: 01859 530 227.

Before finally reaching Lingarabay, you can take a detour which cuts across the south-east corner of Harris from Finsbay to Leverburgh. Here you will pass Loch Langavat which is the island's largest stretch of fresh water. In the summer you can see evidence of a lot of peat-cutting. From the road you can see peats that have been stacked up in pyramids to dry.

RODEL
If you continue on the Golden Road right to the very end, just before you turn the corner and start to head west, take a walk over to the remains of a broch about 150 metres from the road (map grid reference NG 050831). Shortly afterwards you will arrive at the village of Rodel at the south-eastern tip of Harris.

Rodel was once the historic capital, religious centre and the main port of Harris. Today it is hard to realise the importance of this windswept place, but fortunately Saint Clement's Church enables us to understand something of its former significance.

photo of Rodel church
Click for my photos
Cruciform in shape, the church was built around 1500 by the Macleods of Dunvegan and Harris. In 1784 the church was rebuilt by Captain Alexander MacLeod. Three years later there was a fire and he had to repair his work. In 1873 it was restored under the orders of the Countess of Dunmore. Today it is in the care of Historic Scotland. It is thought that the sandstone used inside and around the windows might have been imported from Carsaig on Mull.

In days gone by the key used to be held at the local hotel where visitors had to go and fetch it. Nowadays, with so many visitors coming here, the key is kept attached to the door. Inside to the right of the entrance is a marble plaque noting the restoration by the Countess of Dunmore.

Today, at 20 metres long and 5 metres wide, the nave runs directly into the choir, but these might originally have been divided by a timber structure. In the north transept four graveslabs are displayed against the wall. These were moved from their original position in the choir floor to protect them. A fifth graveslab came from a caibeal outside near the tower.

The church's main point of interest are the three tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights in armour. One of these is the tomb of Alisdair Crotach, the 8th Chief of the MacLeods of Dunvegan, who had it sculpted for himself 19 years before his death in 1547. It is decorated with well-preserved panels containing carvings of the 12 Apostles, angels, the Holy Trinity, the 4 Evangelists, a 12-rayed sun, the Virgin and Child, bishops (one is probably Saint Clement), a hunting scene (possibly representing Crotach himself) with dogs and deer, a castle and galley (MacLeod emblems) and Saint Michael and the Devil at the weighing of souls.

The square tower of the church is a unique architectural feature in these parts. Rising 20 metres above the floor of the nave, it was built on a crop of rock which makes it stand at a higher level than the rest of the church. This soon becomes apparent when you climb the dark staircase and see that the first chamber has a door leading to the outside. Continuing up the dark staircase of the tower you reach the second chamber where a wooden ladder takes you into the third chamber where yet another ladder takes you to the top.

When you go into the graveyard, take a look at this door from the outside. Above it is the carving of a bishop (possibly Saint Clement himself) who is supported by a bull's head. Panels to the left and right show various figures. One of these is the earliest known representation of a man in kilt and plaid. The graveyard contains several 'cabeil' (private burial enclosures). Many of these are for prominent local families.

Due to the large number of visitors and bus trips that come here, toilets have been built near the church. If you approach from the east, you will see them easily enough. The outside is decorated with flowers in the summer (enclosed by a fence to keep the sheep out).

Down at the harbour the Rodel Hotel was refurbished and reopened in 2001. As well as providing accommodation and food, it is also home to paintings by local artist Willie Fulton. Bar meals are available at lunchtime and evenings, and the restaurant is open in the evenings. Tel: 01859 520210. Salmon and trout fishing are available at Rodel Fishery - ask at the hotel.

Rodel Valley Log Cabins offers new self catering accommodation in the village (tel: 01859 520730).

Leverburth

LEVERBURGH
Originally known as Obbe, this village was renamed in 1923 after the soap magnate Lord Leverhulme who set up several disastrous schemes on the island. It is from here that the ferry goes over to Berneray and North Uist.
An Clachan Centre houses a grocery store, tearoom (with toilets) and craft shop. Outside you can buy petrol at the new pumps. There's also a craft shop (The Cauldron) combined with Post Office in the village.
The Anchorage Restaurant (phone 01859 520 225) is next to the pier for the Uist ferry and is a great place for meals and snacks.
Am Bothan Bunkhouse is also close by.

If you wish to walk between Leverburgh and Rodel, there is a route off the main road. It is signposted and part of the way it takes you along the road through the township of Strond with views across the Sound of Harris to North Uist.
You might spot the Blacksheep House with its turf roof - this is an architect designed renovation of a traditional Hebridean Blackhouse, now used for 5 star self catering accommodation.

Harris Cycle Hire can be found at Sorrel Cottage B&B which is at Glen Kyles about a mile and a half from the ferry point in Leverburgh. Tel: 01859 520319

Obbe Fishing near Leverburgh offers salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing from mid April to late October. Boats and ghillies (guides) are available. Contact Tim Armstrong - tel: 01859 520466.

ISLE OF SGARABHAIGH (Scaravay)
This tiny uninhabited island in the Sound of Harris can be visited by charter boat. The owner is offering Associate Ownership of the island as a gift package complete with certificate, rights of access, maps, passport, DVD and even a sample of sand and peat. Visit Scaravay.com for full details about this unique gift scheme ('An Island In A Box') and the island itself.

NORTHTON
A few miles up the road from Leverburgh, you reach the turn-off to the village of Northton where the white and red painted building on the corner is Seallam!

Northton and Seallam!

It is home to an exhibition on the vast genealogical resources founded by Bill and Chris Lawson who live next door in The Old Schoolhouse. Bill is THE expert on the families of the Western Isles and will research your Hebridean ancestors for a fee. The centre sells various useful data source books specific to the Western Isles, including croft histories, books on local churches and other historical sites, the Isle of Taransay, Hebridean tales, etc. These can also be purchased online via the Bill Lawson Publications web site. You can also view some of the resources online via Bill's new site HebridesPeople.com

The visitor centre also contains displays about local wildlife and the formation of the landscape, the way of life of the islanders, peat, Harris Tweed, etc. There is a TV with headphones where you can sit and choose a video. Currently they have 2 special exhibitions about emigration from the Hebrides and about the island of St Kilda.

The centre also sells a selection of local books, music, videos, postcards and photos, and there is a small corner with tea, coffee and biscuits. Disabled access and toilet facilities. Admission fee for the exhibition. Open all year Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Telephone: 01859 520 258.

The village of Northton is basically a group of houses strung out along a single road. If you drive down, look for the sign advertising fresh eggs for sale.

At the far end of the village, the Temple Cafe (originally built as a wildlife info centre) has good food, plus a picnic area and toilets. Contact 07876 340416.
You can park here and follow the track from the end of the road for a walk onto the Toe Head peninsula. Neolithic pottery and bone tools were discovered here in the 1960s. In front of you, the hill called Chaipaval rises 1000 feet out of the sea.

If you follow one of the central or left-hand tracks over the grassy machair from Chapaival, you will see a nice little beach. Continue northwards along the coast, past another beach and you can visit the ruins of what is thought to be a 12th century chapel (Rudh'an Teampull) which may have been constructed by the builders of the church at Rodel. It is 6.4 metres long and 3.4 metres wide. Its location is about 2.5 km north-west of Northton. When I was here I saw seals just off the coast.

After you rejoin the main road, look for the hill called Maodal (250 metres high) which was where an RAF Shackleton aircraft crashed in April 1990, killing all 10 people onboard.

Self catering accommodation in Northton includes Beach View Cottages (3 individual cottages renovated to a high standard).

SCARISTA
The road from Northton arches round alongside three-mile long Scarista beach - one of many stretches of golden sand you will see on the west coast of the island.

One of the houses in this township is the birthplace of Finlay J. MacDonald who wrote the trilogy of books including "Crowdie and Cream" about growing up on Harris in the 1930s.

The Scarista Golf Course has 9 holes overlooking the sea (no play on Sundays).

Scarista

From the road you can see the remains of a standing stone arrangement (map grid reference NG 021939) - check out the guide by Robert Pollock.

Accommodation in Scarista includes Borvemor Cottages (including a traditional thatched black house which you can photograph from the road), and Scarista House (a highly acclaimed hotel with self-catering cottages).
Look out for the award-winning, turf-roofed cottages called Blue Reef Cottages (5 star luxury accommodation, each with 1 bedroom).

DUN BUIRGH
Broch, rock carvings and later shielings and corn kiln. 700 metre walk from the main road, mostly along a track (map grid reference NG 033940).

BORVE LODGE
The former home of Lord Leverhulme who built the circular walled garden. Not open to visitors.

Nisabost

NISABOST AND MACLEOD'S STONE - My photos
After passing lots of deserted beaches all the way up the west coast, you might care to stop at this one, Traigh Iar (or Nisabost) just before you reach Horgabost.
A sign points the way to Macleod's standing stone on the far side of the sand about 700 metres from the road. The stone is quite large and it's well worth the walk. Robert Pollock has details and diagrams.
From the cairn at the top of the hill, you will get panoramic views across to the island of Taransay, north to Luskentyre & Seilebost, and south to Scarista and Northton.

ISLE OF TARANSAY - My photos
Named after Saint Tarran, this island is home to the remains of two chapels. Ancient tradition is that if women were buried in the graveyard of St. Keith's chapel or men in St. Tarran's, the bodies would be disinterred overnight. From the west coast of Harris you can see that the island has a nice-looking stretch of golden sand at its middle.

At the turn of the century, 70 people lived here, but by 1961 this had dwindled to 5 members of the Macrae family, and later the island became uninhabited. The BBC used the island as the home for a 'social experiment' by getting 32 people to live as a community on Taransay for a year. Only 25 lasted the whole 12 months.

The genealogy centre at Northton sells a book about the island of Taransay by Bill Lawson Publications.

HORGABOST
Situated in a private garden at number 6 Horgabost is a Neolithic chambered burial cairn of which only the central setting remains. It is clearly visible from the main road at the junction with the road to Glen Horgabost (map grid reference NG 047966).
A little way inland you will see a cluster of trees - make the most of them, they are a welcome sight on Harris. From the township you can go down to Horgabost beach or walk over to Nisabost beach.
Camping (caravans and tents) is permitted.

Seilebost & Luskentyre SEILEBOST & LUSKENTYRE
There's a marvellous viewpoint from the road at the top of the hill where you can look across the Seilebost sand dunes to the sands of Luskentyre, with the hills of North Harris in the background.
If you take the track signposted to Seilebost school, you can park and walk on the beach.
Luskentyre is signposted off the main road a little further along and a single track road leads you through the village itself. Camping (caravans and tents) is permitted - look for the sign near the first house.

The road through Luskentyre village goes past the old cemetery. Families often had to bring their own soil from elsewhere on the island before they could lay their dead to rest. You will see the Luskentyre Harris Tweed Company run by weaver Donald John Mackay, MBE (who made the material for the Harris Tweed Nike shoes). Pop in and see him in action (tel: 01859 550 261).
Keep driving to the end of the road and you will find the new cemetery which has a large car park. From here you can walk into the dunes and often walk a mile along the sand before you even see anyone else.
Accommodation in Luskentyre includes: Atlantic Shore Cottages, 3 Luskentyre self catering and self catering at Luskentyre Holidays.
Accommodation at Seilebost includes:
Holiday caravan at 14 Seilebost, Sandville self catering cottage and caravan, Beul na Mara B&B and Cottages, and a traditional house available as a Self Catering Cottage.

Local artists Lesley and Alisdair Wiseman have their Hebrides Art gallery and cafe at Seilebost. Great cakes and gifts. This 5-star visitor attraction is open 10.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday (April to September), except Mondays in April and September. Other times by appointment. Contact mobile: 07500117832.

Walks on Harris

Harris is an excellent island for a variety of walks - hills, beaches, machair, rocky moonscape. However, this is a wild, windswept island where the weather can change very quickly. Make sure you know exactly where you are going before you set off. Warm waterproof clothing, food, water and a map are essential. Ask the locals for their advice or if you want an organised trip of guided hiking.

Halfway between the old whaling station and Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is the village of Meavaig. Just after you cross the bridge, park by the roadside near the estate hut. This is the start of the track to Loch Voshimid where J.M. Barrie got some of his inspiration for 'Mary Rose'. The track runs all the way past Loch Scourst which sits at the bottom of Sron Scourst (491 metres) to Loch Voshimid. You can walk there and back quite easily (8 km return). If you prefer tougher walking and have the necessary experience on the hills then you can continue on from Loch Voshimid to Vigidale. From Meavaig to Vigidale it is a total of 15 km (5-6 hours).

Another walk can be taken just before you reach Amhuinnsuidhe where a path leads to Loch Chliostair (4 km return). Just before the castle, you will see a salmon farm in the loch. A private road on the right of the main road leads through a locked gate and up eventually to the hydro-electric power station. You may wish to cycle this part instead of walk. From the power station, the track climbs to Chliostair dam and from there you will see the loch spread out before you surrounded by hills. A rocky path runs along its right shore and this stretches for some miles into the interior of the island.

From Tarbert take the road to Scalpay. After a couple of miles you reach Laxadale Lochs. A path leads down to the left along the side of the loch. It continues northwards for 7 km to Maaruig (which is just off the main Tarbert to Stornoway road).

Alternatively near the car park at the bottom of the Laxadale Lochs valley, just before the road bends to the right, you can take the path to Rhenigidale over the hills. It will take you about 2 hours to get there. The return journey is 13 km in total.

You can also walk from Maaruig to Rhenigidale to Tarbert which is 9 km one way.

In South Harris, there are several old roads in the east of the island. You can walk from Drinishader to Grosebay to Stockinish or between Plocrapool and Scadabay. There's also a 7-mile track over the hills from Stockinish to Seilebost on the west coast which is signposted from the road. This follows the ancient 'Coffin Track' used by islanders living on the east coast who had to carry their dead to the cemetery at Luskentyre.

Excursions

ISLE OF SCALPAY
This little island (about 2 miles long and 1 mile wide with a population of 300 people) was reached by ferry from Kyles Scalpay (5 miles east of Tarbert) up until December 1997. Now a bridge has been built there providing a permanent link with Harris. This was officially opened in 1998 by Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife. It was the first visit of a serving Prime Minister to the Western Isles.

A much earlier famous visitor was Bonnie Prince Charlie who landed on Scalpay on 29 April 1746 when he was looking for a boat to take him over to France.

Eilean Glas lighthouse on Scalpay

On the eastern tip of the island is Eilean Glas where you can still see one of the original lighthouses that was constructed in 1788/9. The new tower was built in 1824. There are footpaths to reach the lighthouse with coloured waymarkers so you can do a circuit (however it is prudent to take a proper map, compass and good boots). The views over to Skye and along the coast are nice on a good day. You can also see the Shiant Isles from here.

Jean Mills (tel: 01859 540319) and Caroline Magne (01859 540375) offer guided walks on Scalpay on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from mid May to early September for a small fee of approximately £3 per person.

Visit scalpay.com for more info about the island.

Accommodation on Scalpay includes Hirta House B&B, Roineabhal self catering cottage and Stac Pollaidh self catering cottage.

NORTH UIST
Why not take the ferry from Leverburgh over to the Isle of North Uist for the day? See the Vehicle ferry from Harris to Uist paragraph at the top of this page for details.

Featured Accommodation

Hotels and Bed & Breakfast

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Contact: Angus & Chirsty Macleod
Hotel Hebrides
Pier Road
Tarbert
Isle of Harris HS3 3DG
Tel: 01859502364
Email: stay@hotel-hebrides.com

Self catering also available

Hotel Hebrides

A boutique style hotel offering high quality accommodation
after an extensive refurbishment.
Winner of Scottish Island Hotel of the Year 2011.
Stylish decor with artwork by local artist Willie Fulton.
Conveniently situated near the ferry terminal in Tarbert.
Cruises and excursions can be arranged for you.
Ideal for romantic breaks and tranquil escapes.
10 minutes drive from the sandy beaches of South Harris.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars. AA 4 Stars & Red Rosette.

Restaurant is open to residents & non residents
for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon teas and dinner.
Daily changing menus featuring the best local seasonal produce.
Public bar with traditional music and bistro menu.
Small weddings and functions can be catered for.

Choice of 21 elegant bedrooms
(single, double, twin, family and king size rooms).
All with en-suite shower or bath and toiletries.
Each bedroom has direct dial telephone, CD/DVD player,
Freeview flat screen TV, free wi-fi connection,
a fully stocked fridge/mini bar, tea /coffee facilities, hairdryer.
Wii, Nintendo, DVDs and board games available on request.
Room service. Laundry service available.
Deluxe rooms also feature an ipod/MP3 docking station.

B&B prices from £65 per night (2 sharing).
Single: from £50 per night.
Family rooms from £150 per night.
Dinner, B&B special offers.
Open all year including Christmas and New Year.
Check web site for packages and special offers.
Romantic breaks available with champagne & chocolates.
Instant online booking
Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Alan and Panch Ross
The Old School House
Finsbay
Isle of Harris HS3 3JD
Tel: +44 (0)1859 530420
Email

The Old School House

Comfortable and welcoming B&B accommodation in a
refurbished and extended former schoolhouse.
Situated in The Bays area of Harris (east coast)
on a quiet side road by the shore of Loch Finsbay
with views across to the Isle of Skye.
13 miles south of Tarbert. 7 miles from Leverburgh.
Ideal for walking, fishing, wildlife, boat trips, touring.
Special green fee rates for the Harris golf course
may be available for those staying more than 2 nights.

Choice of 3 ensuite twin bedrooms
(1 on the ground floor and 2 on first floor).
Large sun lounge / dining room.
Broadband Internet connection available.

Evening meals are made with locally sourced produce
and so advance notice is required.
Prices from £20 per person.
Please advise of any special dietary requirements.
Packed lunches can be provided to guests staying more than 2 nights.

B&B price £37.50 per person per night (based on 2 sharing).
Discounts available for stays of 3 nights or more.
Single occupancy £45.
Open all year.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact Mrs Margaret Morrison
Hirta House
Scalpay
Isle of Harris HS4 3XZ
Tel: +44 (0)1859 540394
Mobile: 07766 398139
Email: m.mackenzie@tiscali.co.uk

Hirta House B&B

High quality B&B on the island of Scalpay.
Just 10 minutes drive from Tarbert (Harris) via the bridge.
20 minutes drive from the sandy beaches of west Harris.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Spacious interior and a high standard of decor.
Warm welcome from Gaelic-speaking hosts.

Choice of 3 bedrooms including
1 queensize double and 1 four-poster room,
all with ensuite shower, hairdryer, telephone,
TV, radio and magnificent sea views.
Conservatory overlooking the harbour.

B&B prices from £35 per person.
No smoking. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact Mrs. Catherine Morrison
Beul na Mara
12 Seilebost
Isle of Harris HS3 3HP
Telephone: +44 (0)1859 550205
Mobile: 07769 923568
Email: morrison.catherine@hebrides.net

Self catering also available

Beul na Mara B&B

Panoramic views across the sands of Seilebost & Luskentyre
to the Isle of Taransay and the North Harris hills.
On the magnificent west coast. 10 miles south of Tarbert.
Ideal for touring Harris or just relaxing.
Friendly, family home with Gaelic-speaking hosts.
2007 finalist in 'Who Cares Wins' awards.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star B&B.
3 bedrooms with ensuite shower and tea making facilities.
2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom
Guest TV lounge and conservatory overlooking the beaches.
Free Wifi.
No smoking throughout. Central heating.

B&B prices from £45 per person per night
Open all year. Special winter rates.
Click here to visit web site

Self Catering in Tarbert & North Harris

( Self Catering in South Harris - click here | Scalpay - click here)

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Contact: Angus & Chirsty Macleod
Hotel Hebrides
Pier Road
Tarbert
Isle of Harris HS3 3DG
Tel: 01859502364
Fax: 01859502578
Email: stay@hotel-hebrides.com

Kirklea Self Catering Cottages

Charming terrace of 4 cottages in Tarbert
in a peaceful, elevated position overlooking the village
near the ferry terminal.
Within walking distance of tourist office, grocery stores,
craft shops, post office, bank, etc.
Conveniently situated for meals at the nearby Hotel Hebrides.
Ideal for walking, touring, relaxing.

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Each cottage sleeps 4-6 people:
2 twin bedrooms plus
a double sofa bed in the living room.
Spacious shower room.
Large reception room with dining area.
Large picture windows and natural pine woodwork.
Fully equipped kitchen & utility room.
Facilities include washing machine, tumble dryer,
TV, DVD, storage heating, patio, garden.
Private parking.
Wireless broadband connection.

Rental prices from £350 - £450 per week
includes bed linen and towels.
Credit cards accepted. Open all year.
Pets by arrangement only.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Irene Morrison
Tel: +44 (0)1859 502383
Email: lochseaforthhouse@live.co.uk

The Fisherman's Cottage
2 Bowglass
Isle of Harris HS3 3AD

The Fisherman's Cottage

Recently refurbished 2-bedroom cottage on the shores of Loch Seaforth
in the village of Bowglass on the border between Lewis & Harris.
Uninterrupted panoramic view of the loch & hills of North Harris.
Ideal location for touring
20 minutes from Tarbert. 40 minutes from Stornoway.

1 kingsize double bedroom & 1 twin bedroom.
Bath and separate shower enclosure.
Fully equipped modern kitchen (installed 2012) with dining area.
Lounge with flat screen TV/DVD (Freesat), CD Ipod dock,
log burning stove, books, DVDs and games.
Luxury finish and facilities throughout.
Wireless broadband access.
Welcome tray on arrival.
Cot and high chair available on request.

Rental prices from £450 per week
includes towels, bed linen, electricity & logs.
No pets. No smoking.
Click here to visit web site

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Glen Carragrich

West Tarbert photo
West Tarbert

Contact: Dina Stewart
Tel: 01224 584864
Email: GlenCarragrich@aol.com

Glen Carragrich
Traditional cottage. Sleeps 4.
Situated 3 miles from Tarbert on the Scalpay road.
Wonderful views of East Loch Tarbert.

3 double bedrooms, bathroom with bath and shower.
Sitting room with satellite TV, DVD player,
radio/CD player, ipod docking station.
Free Wi-fi.
Well equipped kitchen with fridge, electric cooker,
microwave, washing machine and tumble drier.
Books, videos and games.
Electric heating throughout. No smoking.
Prices from £350 per week.
Bed linen and towels provided.
Online availability calendar.

House in West Tarbert
Sleeps 4.
Situated in a quiet road off the main Tarbert - Stornoway road.
Only 10 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.

1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 2 bathrooms.
Dining-kitchen with washing machine and tumble drier,
dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave.
Sitting room with electric fireplace, satellite TV,
DVD/video player, radio/CD player, ipod docking station.
Broadband Wi-fi.
Books, videos and games.
No smoking.
Prices from £350 per week.
Bed linen and towels provided.
Online availability calendar.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Mr & Mrs Macaskill
Clisham Cottage
Ardhasaig
Isle of Harris HS3 3AJ
Tel: +44 (0)1859 50 2066
Email: stay@harriscottage.com

The highest peak in the Western Isles,
the 'Clisham' can be seen from the cottage.

Clisham Cottage

4 star quality cottage for up to 6 people.
Freshly decorated with attractive artwork throughout.
Spectacular location overlooking Ardhasaig Bay & the North Harris hills.
Within walking distance of the village shop
and nearby restaurant at Ardhasaig House Hotel.
3 miles north of Tarbert (ferry from Skye).
Centrally located for touring both Lewis and Harris.

2 double bedrooms (one en-suite), 1 twin bedroom & bathroom.
Spacious lounge with TV, VCR, DVD player, music centre, games, books, etc.
Wi-Fi broadband connection.
Kitchen with fridge / freezer, electric cooker,
microwave and washing machine with drier.
Total control electric heating. Wooden flooring throughout.
Outdoor wooden decking with seating.
Private washing line. Ample car parking.
Out-house for storage of bicycles, etc.
1 of the bedrooms is on the ground floor
and is suitable for disabled persons.

Rental prices from £300 per week
includes linen and towels.
Pets welcome. No smoking.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Christine or Dorothy
Creagach self catering chalet
Bedersaig
Isle of Harris HS3 3AX
Tele: 01859 560268
Email: creagachharris@googlemail.com

Creagach Chalet

Newly refurbished chalet overlooking Hushinish Beach.
Superb location with views of the sea, sands and hills.
A scenic drive from the ferry port at Tarbert (15 miles)
with stunning mountain viewpoints.
Ideal base for walking, fishing, cycling, bird watching,
exploring the islands and remote beaches.

Sleeps up to 5 people.
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin & 1 single, bathroom,
fully fitted kitchen with all modern appliances,
cosy lounge with satellite TV, DVD player and sea views.
Outside seating is provided. Secure bike storage. BBQ.

Rental prices £485 per week (April - November 2014).
Short breaks (minimum 3 days) may be available during low season.
Open all year. Pets welcome.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact:
Graham MacLennan
Collam Cottage
Scott Road
Tarbert
Isle of Harris HS3 3DL
Tel: 01859 550 367
Mobile: 07912 118 472
Email: reservations@binspiredbyharris.com

Collam Villa

Spacious, luxury 4-bedroom house in Tarbert with harbour & sea views.
Renovated & newly furnished to a high specification.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Sleeps up to 9 people + cot.
Ideal for families & large groups.

4 bedrooms: 3 doubles and 1 designer 3-person double bunkroom
with a double bed and upper single bed (suitable for 2 adults + 1 child).
2 bathrooms (including 1 with corner bath & separate shower).
Separate WC. Folding overnight guest bed available.
Lounge with TV with Sky+, surround sound, DVD.
Kitchen with breakfast table & chairs. Dining room.
Utility room for storage, laundry, ironing & drying.
Sun room overlooking the garden and East Tarbert.
Free Wireless Broadband.
Large decking area with garden furniture & BBQ.
Cot & high chair. Oil central heating.
Storage for bikes, kayaks and surfing equipment.

Rental prices from £500 per week (off peak) to £1200 (summer)
including fuel, electricity, bed linen and towels.
Short breaks available.
Online booking from £250 for 3 nights.
No smoking.
Click here to visit web site

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Under new ownership

Contact:
The Harris Hotel
Tarbert
Isle of Harris HS3 3DL
Email: info@harrishotel.com
Tel: 01859502154

Ullabhal and Cleiseabhal

2 houses renovated in 2004 to a very high standard.
Located in the Main Street of Tarbert, close to shops, ferry, etc.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Ideal touring base for north & south Harris, Lewis, Uists.

1 house has a king-size double bedroom
and the other house has a twin bedroom.
Both have: lounge with sofa bed. Bathroom with shower.
Fully fitted kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, etc.
Open plan living area with TV, DVD, hi-fi, etc.

Perfect for couples, small families or small groups.
Central heating throughout.
Prices from £350 per house per week.
(including electricity, linen, towels).
No smoking. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact:
Alice Read
3 Diracleit
Isle of Harris HS3 3DP
Tel: 01859 502338
Email: enquiries@croftcottageharris.co.uk

Croft Cottage

Luxury self catering Hebridean style house.
Set away from the road in a recently wooded 26-acre croft
at Diracleit 2 minutes drive from Tarbert.
Stunning views across East Loch Tarbert to Scalpay & Skye.
10 minutes drive from the west coast sandy beaches.
Guests have free access to Harris Golf Club.

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars.
Accommodation for 6 people in 3 bedrooms:
2 ensuite bedrooms upstairs (1 twin & 1 kingsize).
1 ground floor double room (with disabled access).
1 luxury bathroom with sauna and deep spa bath.
Open plan living/dining/kitchen area & upstairs play area.

Facilities include satellite TV with sports channels,
DVD, hi-fi, computer with free broadband internet access,
telephone with up to £15 usage per week.
Washing machine, tumble drier, freezer, fridge, dishwasher,
microwave, ceramic hob, electric oven, etc.
Central heating.
Extra z-bed and cot available for young children.
Category 2 assisted wheelchair access.
Green Tourism Business Scheme - Silver award.

Rental prices from £920 - £1460 per week
includes electricity, linen, towels, bath robes.
Short breaks available off peak from £500 for 3 days.
Credit cards accepted. No pets. No smoking.
Online availability calendar.
Click here to visit web site

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Contacts:
Marie MacAskill - tel: 07973569728
Nigel Bruce - tel: 01764 663 661
Email stay@harrisselfcateringcottage.co.uk

Dalhanna

Modern, 3 bedroom house overlooking Loch Tarbert.
Sea views over the Minch to the Isle of Skye.
5 minutes from the ferry terminal in Tarbert.
Ideal base for exploring Harris and Lewis.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 stars.

Sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms
(1 double, 1 twin, 1 room with bunk beds).
Bathroom with shower. Cloakroom (with shower cubical).
Kitchen/dining area.
Facilities include fridge/freezer, washing machine,
tumble dryer, cooker, dish washer, microwave.
Lounge with an an open fire and Sky TV.
Broadband connection.
Double glazing and oil fired central heating.

Rental prices from £350 per week
includes linen and towels.
Online availability calendar.
Pets welcome. No smoking.
Click here to visit web site

Self Catering on Scalpay

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Contact Shirley Brenchley
Tel: +44 (0)131 449 5974
Mobile: 07867517031
Email: shirley.brenchley@yahoo.com

Cottage address:
Roineabhal
39 Outend
Isle of Scalpay HS4 3YG

Roineabhal

Traditional croft house on Scalpay (part of a working croft)
with sea views to Skye and North Uist,
as well as views of the mountains of Harris.
Close to waymarked walk to Eilean Glas Lighthouse.
15 minutes drive from Tarbert (Harris) via the Scalpay bridge.
30 minutes from sandy beaches on the West coast.

Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 single).
Tastefully decorated to a high standard.
New fitted kitchen with washing machine, fridge with freezer, microwave,
hob and oven. Dining room seats 6 people.
Bathroom with electric shower.
Electric heating in all rooms.
Lounge with TV, DVD player and selection of DVDs.
Radio with Ipod player/charger.
Fenced garden. Car parking. Outhouse for storing bikes, etc.

Prices from £350 - £495 per week.
Availability calendar - click here
Electricity and bed linen included.
No smoking throughout. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact Mrs Margaret Morrison
Hirta House
Scalpay
Isle of Harris HS4 3XZ
Tel: +44 (0)1859 540394
Mobile: 07766 398139
Email: m.mackenzie@tiscali.co.uk

Stac Pollaidh

Self catering house on the Isle of Scalpay.
10 minutes drive from Tarbert (Harris) via the bridge.
Brown trout fishing just 5 minutes walk from the house.
20 minutes drive from the sandy beaches of west Harris.

Recently refurbished and decorated to a high standard.
Sleeps up to 4:
1 bathroom, 1 double bedroom,
1 bedroom with bunk beds (suitable for 2 children).
Lounge with widescreen TV, DVD, books.
Kitchen with electric oven, microwave, fridge,
washing machine/dryer, etc.
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.

Prices from £320 - £350 per week.
Electricity, towels and bed linen included.
No smoking throughout. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

Self Catering in South Harris

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Contact Donnie & Jen
Sandville
Seilebost
Isle of Harris HS3 3HP
Tel: 01859 550444
Mobile 07766 305416
Email: sandvilleharris@aol.com

Sandville Cottage & Caravan

Family-friendly self catering options
right next to Seilebost sandy beach in South Harris.
With open sea views across to Luskentyre, Taransay & the North Harris hills.
Pets welcome (small charge).
Bed linen & towels provided. Utility bills included in the price.
15 minutes drive from Tarbert and Leverburgh ferry terminals.

Traditional croft cottage (sleeps 7)
Refurbished to a high standard, with central heating,
modern oak kitchen, open fire in the lounge, toys, DVDs,
4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin & 1 single.

Well-equipped, 35’x12’ luxury caravan (sleeps 6)
3 bedrooms (1 double and 2 twin).
Double sofa-bed conversion available in the lounge,
Sky TV (Freesat), DVD player.
Open plan kitchen/diner.
Facilities: gas hob/grill/oven, fridge, microwave oven,
toaster, kettle and sink with hot water on-tap.
Shower room with a full size shower cubicle
with constant hot water and a heated towel rail.
All bedrooms have electric heaters, wardrobes and mirrors.
The double bedroom also has a small dressing table/drawer unit.
Washing machine available in the garden shed.
Fenced garden.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact Mrs Nan Morrison
Telephone: 01859 550250

Cottage at Seilebost

Idyllic location at Seilebost on the west coast of Harris.
Well appointed modernised cottage (sleeps up to 6).
In an elevated location overlooking Luskentyre bay and beaches.
3 Star quality accommodation.

Accommodation comprises lounge, large kitchen/diner,
1 double bedroom with ensuite toilet,
2 twin bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower.
Facilities include Sky TV, electric cooker,
washing machine, tumble drier, etc.
Oil fired central heating.
Enclosed garden.

Open all year.
Prices from £400 - £650 per week
(including bedlinen but excluding electricity).
Please bring your own towels.
Click here to visit web site

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Borve Lodge Estate Office
Borve
Isle of Harris HS3 3HT
Tel: 01859 550 358
Email: info@borvelodge.com

Borve Lodge Estate

Choice of 2 luxury self catering dwellings.
Unique award-winning designs made with Lewisian Gneiss rock
(3 billion years old) and reclaimed wood.
Close to sandy beaches and Scarista golf course.
Leverburgh 7 miles. Tarbert 13 miles.
Both properties have WiFi access, satellite TV,
DVD player, Ipod/MP3 dock. Under-floor heating throughout.
High-end kitchen with dishwasher, oven, microwave
washing machine and tumble dryer.
'The Year's Most Romantic Designer Retreat'
(The Sunday Times Best 100 Holidays for 2013).
Online booking.
Fly fishing, clay shooting, sport shooting can be arranged on the Estate.
Online booking. Credit cards accepted.
No pets. No smoking.

The Broch (sleeps 2)
Inspired by the stone dwellings of the Iron Age
(like the one at Carloway on the Isle of Lewis).
Kitchen and dining area with wood-burning stove.
Sitting room with fireplace on the middle storey.
Four poster bedroom on the top floor
with a circular skylight to view the stars.
Bathroom with shower and free standing bath.
Rental prices from £900 per week.

The Rock House (sleeps 2)
An intimate dwelling with an aspect overlooking Borve beach.
Blends into the landscape in a garden of ancient stone and heather.
Open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge with fireplace.
1 double bedroom with panoramic windows.
Bathroom with shower and free standing bath.
Rental prices from £935 per week.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Katie Morrison
14 Seilebost
Isle of Harris HS3 3HP
Email: ka.morrison@talk21.com
Tel: 01859 550233
Mobile: 07909750037

Caravan at 14 Seilebost

Modern, spacious 2-bedroom holiday caravan
situated on a croft at Seilebost
close to the sandy beaches of West Harris.
Equipped to a very high standard.
Tarbert 10 miles. Leverburgh 13 miles. Stornoway 45 miles.

Spacious 10ft wide double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom
plus double sofa bed in the lounge area.
Kitchen area with a full size gas cooker, full size fridge with ice box.
Shower & toilet.
Satellite TV, CD player, DVD player.
Heating throughout. Garden.

Prices from £350 to £420 per week.
Bed linen provided. Open all year.
Children welcome. No smoking.
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The Beach House photo

Borve Lodge Estate Office
Borve
Isle of Harris HS3 3HT
Tel: 01859 550 358
Email: info@borvelodge.com

Claddach House

Traditional stone-built croft house (sleeping 6).
Set in the Borve Valley just a short walk from secluded beach.
Ideal for families with 3 bedrooms.
Leverburgh 7 miles. Tarbert 13 miles.
Fly fishing, clay shooting, sport shooting can be arranged on the Estate.

1 double & 2 twin/double bedrooms.
2 modern bathrooms (one en-suite),
additional WC.
Bed settee, folding single bed and cot by arrangement.
Fully-equipped open plan kitchen, large dining room,
sitting room with open fire, Sky TV, sound dock.
WiFi access.
Central heating and radiators throughout.
Freezer, fridge gas and electric hobs, washing machine & tumble dryer.

Rental prices from £660 per week.
Towels & linens provided.
Online booking. Credit cards accepted.
No pets. No smoking.
Online availability calendar & booking.

Click here to visit web site

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Contact: Mrs. Agnes Cross
Tel: 07917 432 865
Email: info@luskentyreholidays.co.uk

Luskentyre Holidays

Newly-built, luxurious property at Luskentyre.
1-bedroom flat (sleeps 2) with private balcony
and uninterrupted views of the sea, beach, South Harris & Taransay.
Tarbert 10 miles. Leverburgh 13 miles. Stornoway 45 miles.

1 kingsize double bedroom. Bathroom with bath and overhead shower.
Hairdryer, towels, bath robes, toiletries & bed-linen provided.
Open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area
with peat burning stove, satellite TV, DVD player,
music centre with iPod dock, Wi-Fi Internet.
Facilities include combination oven / microwave,
fridge, freezer, induction hob, George Foreman grill,
Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine / dryer.
Entrance via private decking.
Oak flooring throughout. Paintings by local artists.

Prices from £450 per week
including heating, logs, peat and hot water.
Short breaks in winter (November - March):
3 nights £250, 4 nights £300, 5 nights £350.
No smoking. No pets.
Online availability calendar.
Click here to visit web site

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Blacksheep House
Strond
Leverburgh

Contact: Dinaz & David Williams
Tel: 01732 870501
Email: dinaz.williams@btinternet.com

Blacksheep House

Unique architect designed contemporary renovation
of a traditional Hebridean Blackhouse in South Harris.
Situated near Strond overlooking the Sound of Harris
with fantastic views. Only metres from the shore.
1 mile from Leverburgh (ferry, restaurant & shop).
20 miles south of Tarbert.
Ideal location for walking, birdwatching, boat trips, etc.

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars.
Sleeps up to 4 (not suitable for children).
Winner of Channel 4's Grand Designs 2008.
Finalist in the Grand Designs magazine award - best restoration project 2007.
Design features include a turf roof, metre thick stone walls,
an exposed timber frame, slate floors with underfloor heating.

Spacious open plan living area with vast panoramic windows.
Flat screen TV with DVD & full Sky package.
High quality hi-fi, computer with broadband, telephone.
Selection of DVDs, CDs, maps & books.
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area.
Electric hob and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer,
washer / dryer, filtered water on tap.

Master bedroom with kingsize bed, CD/radio, hairdryer.
Additional kingsize bed upstairs.
Luxury tiled bathroom with shower
and 2-person Japanese style soak tub.

Prices from £980 per week
includes electricity, towels, bed linen & welcome pack.
No smoking. No pets.
Online availability calendar.
Click here to visit web site

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Bayhead
Lingerbay
Isle of Harris HS3 3JD

Contact Mrs Mairi Ann Macdonald
Tel: 01876 510233
Mobile: 07780 660790
Email: macbayhead@aol.com

Bayhead

Large, well-equipped bungalow in a peaceful setting beside the sea.
Can be let as a 5-bedroom house or as 3-bedroom house and 2-bedroom flat.
All self-contained.
Situated in the Bays area of South Harris
in Lingerbay Township, 3 miles from Rodel.
Set in an area with otters and golden eagles.
Ideal retreat for walking, cycling, fishing, bird watching.

Whole house option:
5 bedrooms: 2 double (1 en-suite), 1 twin, 2 single,
bathroom with shower, lounge with open fire, dining room,
kitchen, utility room, toilet,
additional kitchen/living room with own patio door.

Original house option:
3 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single), bathroom with shower,
lounge with open fire, dining room, kitchen, utility room, toilet.

Extension flat:
1 double bedroom with ensuite shower, 1 single bedroom,
kitchen/dining/living area with patio door.
Sofa bed is also available in living area.

Facilities available:
Free Wireless Broadband access.
Washing machine, tumble drier, fridge freezer, cooker,
microwave, Freeview satellite TV, DVD, VCR, hi-fi,
books, CDs, DVDs, videos & games, telephone, hairdryer, etc.
Garden furniture, barbecue, parking.
Central heating. Cot.
The kitchen in the main house also has a dishwasher.

Prices from £300 - £700 per week.
Electricity, oil, gas, towels & bed linen included.
Short breaks (minimum 3 nights).
Open all year.
Special rates & short breaks available from Nov 2014 to March 2015.
Online availability calendars.
Click here to visit web site

View from Fulmar cottage

View of Northton from hill

Contact Jan and Suzan Visser
13 Northton
Isle of Harris HS3 3JA
Tel: 01859 520315
Email: beachviewcottages@hotmail.com

Beach View Cottages

Luxury, 5 star cottages (with sauna, Jacuzzi®, WiFi) in South Harris.
5 beaches within walking distance.
5 minutes drive from Scarista golf course.
Ideal for relaxing and outdoor activities.

The owners offer boat trips, hire of 2 sea kayaks
and a Canadian Coleman canoe (3 seats).
Private painting lessons can be arranged.
Languages spoken: Dutch, Flemish, French, German, Spanish.

All 3 cottages have wireless Broadband, LCD TV, DVD/CD,
dishwasher, fridge, washer, dryer, combi microwave/oven/grill.
All newly-renovated & furnished to a high standard.
Ideal for families or romantic breaks.

Fulmar Cottage & Gannet Cottage (5 stars)
Each sleeps 2 adults and 2/3 children, or 4 adults.
1 king-size double & 3 single beds.
2 marbled-tiled ensuite bathrooms with steam shower.
1 bathroom also has a whirlpool bath and a sauna.
Bulthaup kitchen. Spacious lounge with spectacular sea/beach views.
Category 2 assisted wheelchair access.
Each cottage stands on its own quarter acre plot
with private car park. Sandpit, picnic table & BBQ.
Rental prices from £800 per week.

Grandfather's House (sleeps 2 adults & 1 child)
Renovated blackhouse, ideal for honeymoons. 4 Stars.
1 king-size double, 1 single bed, luxurious shower room.
Living room / kitchen with wood-burning stove.
Rental prices from £650 per week.

Prices include electricity, bed linen and towels.
Low season short breaks available.
Baby listening/sitting available (extra charge). Cot.
Online availability calendars.
Open all year including Christmas & New Year.
No smoking. No pets except guide dogs.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact:
Gordon Cumming
Estate Manager
Borve Lodge Estate
Isle of Harris HS3 3HT
Tel: 01859 550 358
Email: gordon@borvelodge.com

Laxdale Cottage

Isolated retreat set in the hills near Luskentyre.
Ex-gamekeeper's cottage with a traditional, cosy feel.
Situated within its own reserve overlooking Loch Laxdale.
Excellent base for angling, walking, cycling & observing wildlife.
Salmon fishing & brown trout fishing available on the estate.
Easy access to the west coast beaches.
Tarbert 8 miles. Leverburgh 13 miles. Stornoway 45 miles.

Sleeps up to 5 people.
Lounge with open fire, books, TV (SKY-Freesat) and radio.
Dining area, sun porch.
Newly fitted kitchen with halogen hob, double oven, microwave,
fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.
1 double bedroom & 1 bedroom with 3 single beds.
1 bathroom (with bath & shower) + separate WC.

Prices from £330 per week
or short breaks from £50 per night.
Includes towels, electricity & bed linen.
Pets welcome.
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Contact: Kathryn and Raymond Campbell
12 Strond
Leverburgh
Isle of Harris HS5 3UD
Email: info@shalomcottage.co.uk

Shalom

Newly built luxurious cottage in Strond (sleeps 6).
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars.
Set on a croft in an elevated position
with panoramic views across the Sound of Harris.
Situated in South Harris. Tarbert 26 miles.
2.5 miles from Leverburgh (ferry to Uist).

3 bedrooms:
1 king size, 1 twin, 1 room with bunk beds.
Open plan kitchen / dining / living area leading to a decking area.
Spacious bathroom with whirlpool bath
and separate disabled access shower.

Facilities include washing maching, tumble dryer,
dishwasher, microwave, electric cooker, freezer, fridge,
Sky TV, DVD, video player, Playstation with games,
a selection of toys, board games & books,
buckets and spades, kites. Oil fired central heating.
Broadband Internet access. Children welcome.
Free access to Isle of Harris sports centre in Tarbert.

Rental prices from £550 per week
includes electricity, towels, bed linen & welcome tray.
Short breaks October - March (2 nights minimum stay).
No smoking. No pets.
Online availability calendar.
Click here to visit web site

Black House photo

Vallay House photo

Contact Mrs Margaret Bennett
9 Scaristavore
Isle of Harris HS3 3HX
Tel: +44 (0)1859 550222
Email: info@borvemorcottages.co.uk

Borvemor Cottages

Choice of 5 properties just a short walk from sandy beaches
on 30-acre working croft with Highland Cattle & Blackface Sheep.
1 mile from Scarista golf course.
Trout loch 15 minutes away (hill walk).
14 miles south of Tarbert. 6 miles north of Leverburgh.
Free Wifi.
Discounts for low occupancy (seasonal).
Open March to October.
10% discount for stays in March, April and May 2014
Online booking & availability calendars

Traditional thatched Black House (Tigh Dubh)
with modern comforts and pine-lined walls.
1 double bedroom and feature box bed.
Living room with open plan kitchen.
A hot tub is available for exclusive use of Black House guests.
5 star quality self catering (sleeps 2).
Prices from £675 - £875 per week.

Vallay House recently built up from the walls of 18th Century Borvemor House.
1 double, 1 twin & 1 single bedroom with high quality pull out bed under.
Living/dining room and well equipped galley kitchen.
4 star quality self catering (sleeps 2-5/6).
Prices from £625 - £825 per week.

2 adjoining steading cottages.
Stable Cottage (sleeps 6):
1 double room and 2 twin rooms with bunk beds
Byre Cottage (sleeps 5):
1 double/family bedroom, 1 double bunk room.
Both have modern fitted kitchen and living room.
3 star quality self catering.
Prices from £400 - £595 per week.

Beach Studio Apartment (sleeps 6-8):
3 / 4 bedrooms (double / twin).
Kitchen and spacious sitting room.
200 metres from the beach.
Prices from £500 - £785 per week.
Short breaks sometimes available.

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Contact Mrs. Catherine Morrison
Beul na Mara
12 Seilebost
Isle of Harris HS3 3HP
Telephone: +44 (0)1859 550205
Mobile: 07769 923568
Email: morrison.catherine@hebrides.net

Beach House photo

Beul na Mara Cottages
Choice of 2 cottages on the magnificent west coast.
Panoramic views across the sands of Seilebost & Luskentyre
to the Isle of Taransay and the North Harris hills.
Ideal for touring Harris or just relaxing.
10 miles south of Tarbert.
2007 finalist in 'Who Cares Wins' awards.

1 Cottage (sleeps 5 people):
2 double rooms, 1 single room, bathroom,
lounge/dining room, kitchen.

1 Cottage (sleeps 7 people):
2 family bedrooms, 1 twin room, bathroom,
kitchen, lounge, dining room.

Both cottages have microwave, dish washer,
washing machine, tumble dryer,
Sky satellite TV and DVD player. BBQ.
Private parking. Enclosed child-friendly gardens.
Both graded Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
Prices from £350 - £800 per cottage per week.

The Beach House
5 Star luxury new house with 3 bedrooms (sleeping 6 people).
Set overlooking Seilebost sands
Spectacular views of Luskentyre, Taransay and the North Harris hills.

2 very spacious king size bedrooms (one en-suite)
and 1 twin bedroom
Furnished to a high standard with modern contemporary furnishings.
DVD, Sky Digital with full package and music centre with ipod dock.
Free wireless broadband.
Electric cooker, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer,
dishwasher, fridge, freezer, etc.
Books, games and DVDs.
Modern wood burning stove in the lounge.
Spacious timber deck overlooking the beach.

Prices from £750 per week
including bedlinen, towels, electricity and fuel.
Off season short breaks.
No pets. No smoking.

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Contact:
Mrs Mary Ann MacSween
6 Scaristavore
Isle of Harris HS3 3HX
Telephone: +44 (0)1859 550212
Email: sandview-house@fsmail.net

Sandview Cottage

Bungalow overlooking Scarista golf course
and the sandy beaches of south Harris.
Spectacular sea and mountain views.
3 star quality self catering.
Leverburgh 6 miles. Rodel 9 miles. Tarbert 15 miles.

Sleeps 6: 3 bedrooms (1 twin & 2 double),
bathroom with shower.
Lounge with TV, VCR/DVD, CD player.
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer,
washing machine and dishwasher.
Central heating. No pets.

Rental prices: £450 per week
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Contact: Roddy Campbell
No5
Drinishader
Harris HS3 3DX
Tel: 01859 51 12 55
Mobile: 07720 597 760
Email: info@number5.biz

No. 5

Choice of accommodation on the east coast Golden Road
in the village of Drinishader. 5 miles south of Tarbert.
Pick up service available from Tarbert on request.
Laundry facilities available.
Open all year.
Cycle, kayak and canoe hire.
Sea angling trips and guided walks available.

Croft House - maximum capacity 16 people.
Large, spacious villa (built in 1995):
1 double en-suite with 1 bunk bed,
1 standard double with 1 bunk bed,
1 standard twin,
1 room with bunk beds (sleeping 4),
Very large open plan lounge/kitchen/dining space,
2 shower/WC rooms, 1 separate WC.
Also 1 studio double bedroom with shower/WC and TV (for 2 people).
Large patio area for barbecues.

Hostel
Traditional Hebridean stone cottage with:
one 4-person dorm with 2 bunk beds,
and 2 twin rooms.
1 shower/WC.
1 open plan lounge/dining space with a 6 burner Rangemaster cooker
with gas grill/oven and electric oven.
Large patio area for barbecues, bike store and laundry facilities.
Bed linen and towels provided.

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Contact Neil and Rhoda Campbell
Blue Reef Cottages
5 Scarista
Isle of Harris HS3 3HX
Tel: 01859 550370
Email: info@stay-hebrides.com

Blue Reef Cottages

2 uniquely designed, turf-roofed, luxury cottages (each sleeps 2).
Visit Scotland 5 Stars. Ideal romantic retreat.
5 minutes walk from Scarista golf course & sandy beaches.
Each cottage is secluded and has panoramic views
of the sea, islands, hills and beaches.
15 miles south of Tarbert. Leverburgh 6 miles.

Each cottage has:
1 king size double bedroom, bathroom with
double sauna overlooking the beach & Jacuzzi® whirlpool bath.
Open-plan living/dining area and a well-equipped kitchen.
Office/study room with Internet, telephone and fax facilities.
TV, DVD, VCR, CD, dishwasher, microwave, cooker,
fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, hairdryer, etc.
Solid fuel-burning stove and underfloor heating.
2 bicycles, a set of golf clubs, picnic backpacks and beach towels.
Hampers and groceries can be arranged (extra charge).

Green Business Tourism Scheme Best Performer 2007 & Gold Award.
2005 Scottish Thistle Award Finalist for "Innovation".
2006 Sottish Thistle Award Winner for "Customer Care".
"Who cares wins" award in self catering category 2007.
Assistance can be given with airport/ferry pick up, car hire,
travel arrangements, outdoor pursuits, sightseeing, etc.

Rental prices from £1100 per week including linen & towels.
Champagne, fresh flowers, home baking on arrival.
Short breaks from November to March (minimum 2 nights).
Online availability calendar.
Open for Christmas & New Year.
No smoking. No pets.
Click here to visit web site

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Contact:
Norman Mackay
3 Luskentyre
Isle of Harris HS3 3HL
Tel: +44 (0)1859 550257
Email: luskentyre@harrisholidaycottage.co.uk

3 Luskentyre

Modern, self-contained self catering annexe
overlooking the sands of Luskentyre and Seilebost.
Spectacular views across to Taransay and down the west coast of Harris.
Tarbert 8 miles. Leverburgh 13 miles. Stornoway 45 miles.

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms:
1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, shower room.
Kitchen / dining / lounge with dishwasher, fridge/freezer,
satellite TV, DVD, hi-fi, electric oven, gas hob,
washing machine / dryer.

Rental price £500 per week
including oil, gas, electricity, linen, towels.
Central heating throughout
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Atlantic cottage photo

Contact Mrs Isobel MacKay
5 Luskentyre
Isle of Harris HS3 3HL
Tel: 01859 550 219
Email: atlanticshore@hebrides.net

Atlantic Shore Cottages

Choice of 2 new cottages overlooking the sands of Luskentyre
on the west coast of Harris. 10 miles from Tarbert.
Beautiful views across the sea to Seilebost and Horgabost beaches.

Spacious and very well equipped for the comfort of guests in mind.
No smoking. Sorry no pets. Disabled access.
Linen, towels and electricity included in the price.
Short breaks in low season.
Online availability calendars.

Shore Cottage (sleeps 5):
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars.
3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.
Modern kitchen, bathroom with bath/shower, lounge.
Hairdryers, TV, VCR, hi-fi, barbecue, picnic table, etc.
Wi-fi broadband access and iPod docking station.
Prices from £350 per week.

Atlantic Cottage (sleeps 4):
Scottish Tourist Board 5 Stars.
1 double bedroom with ensuite shower room and sleigh bed.
1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with Spa bath and shower.
Modern kitchen/dining area & utility room.
Lounge with patio doors leading to decking
Hairdryers, TV, DVD, hi-fi, barbecue, etc.
Wi-fi broadband access and iPod docking station.
Prices from £480 per week.
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Serviced Accommodation

photo Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

Accommodation for up to 18 people (fully catered).
Conference Facilities and Catering for up to 40.
Spectacular location.
Fishing - Stalking - Golf
Weddings
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There is a range of hotels, B&B and self-catering accommodation available on Harris and Lewis. The ones in the tourist brochure are now listed on the official Western Isles Tourist Board web site.

Hotel / Guest House / B&B accommodation includes:

  • Avalon overlooks West Loch Tarbert and is the first/last house in Tarbert on the road to Stornoway. 3 bedrooms (double/twin/family). STB 4 Stars. Dinner available. Disabled facilities. Contact John & Arlene Morrison. Tel: 01859 502334.
  • Ardhasaig Hotel (just outside Tarbert) overlooks the old whaling station and North Harris hills. Scottish Hotel Breakfast of the Year Runner Up 2005. Scottish Island Hotel of the Year Runner Up 2005. This small 4 star hotel has 5 bedrooms in the main house and an annexe lodge. In addition to B&B, you can also opt for a four course evening meal. Tel: 01859 502 500.
  • Ben View B&B near the pier in Leverburgh has 1 twin room and 1 family room (kingsize double bed & single bed). Contact Mike & Siane Green. Tel: 01859 520316.
  • Carminish House is a 4 star B&B on the Strond road near the Leverburgh ferry in South Harris. 3 bedrooms: 1 double and 2 twin. Dinner by arrangement. Tel: 01859 520400.
  • Ceol na Mara Guest House at Diracleit, 1 mile from Tarbert ferry terminal, overlooks Loch Kindebig. Award-winning with 4 Star Gold rating from VisitScotland. 4 bedrooms (3 double & 1 twin), 3 lounges, dining room. Contact John and Marlene Mitchell. Tel: 01859 502 464
  • Flodabay Farm offers B&B in 1 kingsize double bedroom on the east coast of Harris in the Bays area. Self catering options available. Set in 30 acres of peaceful croft land with 2 secluded fresh water lochs (wild brown trout). Free range hens and pigs. 11 miles from Tarbert, 8 miles from Leverburgh. Contact Tony & Sharon Marrow. Tel: 01859 530353.
  • Grimisdale Guest House at Leverburgh has 2 ensuite double rooms, 1 ensuite family room (sleeps four) with whirlpool bath and 1 family room (sleeps 3). STB 4 Stars. Open March - November. Evening meals available (must be booked in advance). Contact Farquhar MacLeod. Telephone: 01859 520460.
  • Harris Hotel in Tarbert. Food and accommodation. 24 bedrooms. Tel: 01859 502154.
  • Loch Seaforth House offers B&B in 2 rooms (1 single room and 1 family room with double bed & bunkbeds). Situated at Bowglass on the border of Harris and Lewis overlooking Loch Seaforth and beyond to the Isle of Skye. 30 minutes drive north of Tarbert. 40 minutes south of Stornoway. Evening meals by prior arrangement. WiFi. Contact Irene and Alasdair Morrison. Tel: 01859 502383.
  • Luskentyre Holidays offers B&B in 2 rooms (double/twin) overlooking the beach. Tel: 07917 432865.
  • New Haven is a 4 star B&B on Scalpay with 2 ensuite double rooms. Contact Mrs Mairi MacLennan at 15 Ardinashaig, Isle of Scalpay. Tel: 01859 540325.
  • Pairc an t-Srath Guest House at Borve on the west coast of Harris. 4 ensuite bedrooms and excellent food. Evening meals available. Contact Lena Maclennan - tel: 01859 550 386.
  • Rodel Hotel, south Harris. Good restaurant and bar. Accommodation in 4 bedrooms. Self catering flats also available. Tel: 01859 520210.
  • Scarista House on the west coast of the island is an excellent hotel and also has two self-catering cottages in its grounds. The hotel is open to non-residents for evening dinner throughout the year. Contact Tim and Patricia Martin. Tel: 01859 550238.

Self catering:

  • No. 5 - large, spacious villa at Drinishader (5 miles south of Tarbert on the east coast Golden Road). 4 bedrooms (1 double en-suite, 1 standard double, 1 standard twin and 1 room 2 bunk beds sleeping 4), very large open plan lounge/kitchen/dining space, 2 shower/WC rooms, 1 separate WC. There is also 1 studio bedroom with shower/WC and TV (sleeping 2/3 persons) Maximum capacity 13 people. Large patio area for barbecues. Cycle, kayak and canoe hire available. Contact Roddy Campbell. Tel 01859 511255 or 07720 597 760.
  • àilean is a luxurious new 5 star house at Borve on the west coast of South Harris close to sandy beaches. 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms.
  • Bayhead is a modern bungalow in Lingerbay, about 3 miles from Rodel. This 5-bedroom house can be let as a whole for up to 8 people, or as separate self contained units (with 3 and 2 bedrooms).
  • Beach Cottage at Seilebost overlooking Luskentyre is a spacious new house for 6 people with 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin), wireless broadband, Sky TV, DVD, ipod dock, etc.
  • Cartwheel Bothy on the Isle of Scalpay offers self catering for 2 people.
  • Clisham Cottage at Ardhasaig (just outside Tarbert) overlooks the old whaling station and North Harris hills. 4 stars. Modern and fully equipped, it sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.
  • Culrain Cottage at Kyles Scalpay sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom. 4 miles from Tarbert.
  • The Fisherman's Cottage on the shore of Loch Seaforth is in the village of Bowglass on the border between Lewis and Harris. Sleeps 4: 1 kingsize double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, bathroom, kitchen with dining area, lounge.
  • Fraser Cottage overlooking the sea at Grosebay on the east coast. Fully equipped including 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. Scottish Tourist Board 3 stars. Telephone: 01859 530251.
  • Hamarsay House sleeps up to 6 people and is a 4-bedroom bungalow on a 9-acre croft on the isle of Scalpay. Tel: 01463 236049.
  • Kyles House sleeps 6 and has 3 ensuite bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin), kitchen, dining room/map room, lounge. Situated near Leverburgh overlooking the Sound of Harris.
  • Lochhouse Cottage at Geocrab in the Bays district of east Harris, sleeps 6.
  • Luskentyre Holidays offers 4 star accommodation for 2 people.
  • Mol Bàn is a traditional Hebridean croft house near Tarbert, with 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin).
  • Mol Bàn is a new house, sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin). Situated at Lingerbay on the east coast of Harris.
  • Seaside Cottage at Ardhasaig (just outside Tarbert) is a former black house with 1 bedroom (ideal for a couple). STB 5 Stars. Tel: 01859 502157.
  • Sonas Cottage is a new, luxurious house with 1 double bedroom, bathroom, lounge, kitchen, sauna, cinema room. Located in Bunavoneader, 4 miles north of Tarbert.
  • The White Cottage at Rodel has 2 twin bedrooms. Scottish Tourist Board 4 stars. Loch and sea views. See St Clements church from the lounge.
  • Tamana Cottage sleeps up to 5 people in 2 bedrooms. Situated at Govig in North Harris not far from Huishnish beach.
  • Tigh Na Mara is a spacious traditional house with 2 self-contained properties. The main house sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms and the End House sleeps 2. Both cottages can be rented together for larger groups. Situated on the shore of Carrigrich Bay, 4 miles east of Tarbert.
  • Tigh Mo Sheanair is a 1-bedroom cottage which can sleep 2 - 4 people at Luskentyre. A 6-berth caravan is also available for holiday lets.

Hostel Accommodation:

  • Rockview Bunkhouse is conveniently situated in Main Street, Tarbert. Renovated two-storey building with well equipped kitchen, lounge, showers and dorms which sleep 32. No staff on site so make sure you book in advance - tel: 01859 502626
  • Just 500 metres from the ferry terminal at Leverburgh is Am Bothan Bunkhouse (Tel/Fax: 01859 520251) offering budget self-catering accommodation in imaginatively-designed surrounds. Prices around 12 - 14 pounds per person per night. Credit cards accepted. Accommodation includes three cabins each of four bunks, one cabin of six bunks (ideal for families), a loft with futons, a communal room with an open fire, TV and kitchen facilities, full disabled facilities, toilets, showers, laundry and drying room, camping space, a wigwam and ample parking.
  • The Gatliff hostel at Rhenigidale has 13 beds is open all year round, but is not easy to reach. It is 13 miles from Tarbert by road. If you can get a lift to the Maaruig turn on the main Tarbert to Stornoway road, it's about 5 miles walk (up and down hill) from there. You can also approach from the south, by walking out of Tarbert on the Scalpay road, then going over the hills at Laxadale Lochs (6 miles in total). The warden is Alistair Mackay who lives in the house near the sea. The nearest shops are a long way away. Map reference NB 229018. No advance bookings accepted.
  • Drinishader hostel is a traditional Hebridean stone cottage with 3 sleeping rooms, 1 open plan lounge/dining space and 1 shower/WC. Sleeping rooms comprise of one 6-person dorm with 3 bunk beds, one 4-person dorm with 4 single beds, and one twin room. 1 extra bed can be added in the twin room. Bed linen and towels provided. Large patio area for barbecues, bike store and laundry facilities. Cycle, kayak and canoe hire available. Located 5 miles south of Tarbert on the east coast Golden Road. Contact Roddy Campbell. Tel 01859 511255 or 07720 597 760.
  • The Scaladale Centre in Ardvourlie offers self catering accommodation for up to 28 people in dorms of 4 to 6 people (some with en-suite facilities). Tel: 01859 502 502.

Camping:
Caravans and tents are permitted on grasslands at Horgabost (toilet block) and Luskentyre.

There's a free car park with toilet block in Tarbert near the ferry and at the ferry car park at Leverburgh. Huishnish beach has a toilet block and so does Luskentyre beach (the toilets are at the very end of the road in the new car park). Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Lickisto Blackhouse Camping (featured on TV in 'Build a New Life in the Country') is a small campsite in the Bays area (7 miles south of Tarbert). Tent pitches, campervan hook-up, showers, toilets, kitchen, tent hire. Yurts for hire with woodburner, running water, futons (with duvets and linen), gas stove, carpets and candles. Tel: 01859 530 485.

Flodabay Farm has a family-run caravan park on the east coast of Harris in the Bays area. Small site for up to 5 campervans or caravans provides a hard standing base with electricity and water. Set in 30 acres of peaceful croft land with 2 secluded fresh water lochs (wild brown trout). 11 miles from Tarbert, 8 miles from Leverburgh. Contact Tony & Sharon Marrow. Tel: 01859 530353. B&B also available.

Books & Maps

If you intend to go hiking, particularly in the hills, you will need the scale of maps provided by the Landranger series. Harris and Lewis are covered by several slightly overlapping maps in this series, all produced by the Ordnance Survey which is the official map agency of the UK: Tarbert & Loch Seaforth - West Lewis & North Harris - Stornoway & North Lewis.

Lewis and Harris
Lovely colour guide book (second edition published in 2007) with over 100 pages of photos. Written by Francis Thompson, covering the local heritage and culture of the islands, nature, the landscape, place names, history, crofting, Gaelic, places to visit, etc. Even if you don't get chance to buy it before you go, you will certainly want a copy for a souvenir when you have visited!
Available from Amazon.co.uk
Seasons on Harris: A Year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides
David Yeadon's lyrical account of his time on Harris featuring insights into island life. The book also includes Yeadon's trips to Barra, the Shiants and St Kilda. Evocative line drawings. Hardback. 384 pages.
Available from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Finlay J. Macdonald Omnibus
An omnibus edition of Finlay J. Macdonald's nostalgic and often comic accounts of growing up on the Hebridean island of Harris between the wars. They were first published individually in the 1980s as 'Crowdie and Cream', 'Crotal and White' and 'The Corncrake and the Lysander'.
As a child I remember hearing these stories narrated on the radio and would highly recommend them for a flavour of the islands.
Paperback. 544 pages.
Order your copy from Amazon.co.uk
Hebridean Island: Memories of Scarp
The author, Angus Duncan, born in South Harris in 1888, was brought up in Scarp, where his grandfather was an influential schoolmaster. Having written of his boyhood on the island, he describes an island community and a way of life now all but forgotten.
One of his sons has now edited the completed manuscript and added, as an appendix, notes on a number of the chapters, some being contributed by distinguished experts on their own fields.
Order your copy from Amazon.co.uk
A House by the Shore & Scarista Style
Two books in one. The first book documents Alison and Andrew Johnson's retreat from urban life to the beautiful rugged landscape of the island of Harris. They make their home in the old manse at Scarista, turning a rat-infested near-ruin into a major hotel boasting the Prince of Wales among its guests and consistent listing in good food guides.
The second book is a collection of Alison's recipes, with asides on the Good Food scene. Containing an assortment of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, this is a guide for transforming natural ingredients into award-winning cuisine.'
Scarista House is now in new hands (see accommodation section above).
Order your copy from Amazon.co.uk

The Islands Book Trust has numerous publications about the Hebridean islands.

The genealogy centre at Northon has a variety of Hebridean historical books for sale - click here to purchase online.

Another book of interest (only available privately from the author) is Voyage to St Kilda, by photographer Monica Weller - click here for details.


Monica Weller also sells high quality postcards & posters
of her St Kilda photos and Hebridean snapshots.

Tourist Information Centres

Pier Road - Tarbert - Isle of Harris
Telephone: 01859 502011
Open Easter to October only.

26 Cromwell Street - Stornoway - Isle of Lewis HS1 2DD
Telephone: 01851 703088 / Fax: 01851 705244
Open all year.

Click here to request the Western Isles official tourist brochure

Pages on the islands:
Isle of Lewis - St Kilda - Isle of Skye
Uist Introduction - Uist Travel Tips
South Uist - Benbecula - Isle of Barra

Links to External sites:

The Virtual Hebrides
Official tourist board web site: www.VisitHebrides.com
Explore Harris
West Harris Trust
North Harris Trust
Winter in Harris by the Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association

thewesternisles.co.uk Western Isles local site - wildlife, events, photos, etc.
western-isles.co.uk Western Isles web site directory

Bill Lawson: Genealogy & Books and HebridesPeople.com
for family tree research in the Western Isles

Hebridean Connections (online archives, genealogy, heritage)

Shiant Isles

Photos of the Hebrides by Colin Palmer - includes Harris, Lewis, Berneray, Scarp, St Kilda

James Smith - photos for sale
Charles Tait - photos/postcards/calendars for sale
Black Lab Photos - based in Tarbert
Western Isles Photography by David Fleet who sells photos of Harris & Lewis
Virtual Hebrides - photos of Harris & Lewis

Scotland on Film - archive clips of video and radio broadcasts to download
The Islands Book Trust (local books, archives, lectures, conferences)

Harris Tweed Authority
scottish elements - contemporary cushions and gifts using Harris Tweed
Tweed Delights - Harris Tweed gifts handcrafted by Alison Macdonald on Lewis
Hebrides Art - Harris artists Alisdair and Lesley Wiseman
Hillcraft of Harris - tweed gifts made on the island

Harris Disability Access Panel

Cycle routes in the Hebrides
Western Isles Wildlife (sightings, photos and guided tours)
Outer Hebrides Biological Recording Project
Curracag: Outer Hebrides Natural History Society