Harris

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Harris is one of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, known for its Harris Tweed. It is joined to the larger island of Lewis but they are known as separate islands.

Cities[edit]

Get In[edit]

By Ferry[edit]

Calmac Ferries [1] runs several ferry services to Harris and Lewis:

By Bus[edit]

Regular buses link Tarbert with Stornoway on Lewis.

By Air[edit]

Regular air services link Stornoway with Aberdeen, Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Car hire is available at the Airport.

Get Around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Regular buses travel between Tarbert and Leverburgh via the west (W10) and east (W13) of the island. Services also operate from Tarbert to Stornoway (W10), Scalpay (W14), Hushinish (W12) and Rehnigadale (W11). Further information and timetables can be found on the local council website [2]

Remember when planning travel that no buses operate on Harris (or Lewis) on Sundays.

By car[edit]

Travelling by car is the easiest way to see the whole island, as the bus service is relatively limited. Roads can be narrow and winding, especially on the east of the island. Most roads off the main A859 are single track, please use the passing places (white sign marked PASSING PLACE) to allow other vehicles to pass.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Seallam! Visitor Centre [3] Northton (An Taobh Tuath), HS3 3JA, +44 1859 520258. Genealogy Research Centre Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday £2.50.
  • MacGillivray Centre, Northton. Unmanned exhibition about an orthologist.
  • Visit the abandoned village of Moliginish, near Rhenigidale

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Play Golf at Scarista [4]. 9 hole course
  • See a display of weaving at the Harris Tweed and Knitwear [5] Shop in Drinishader
  • Sea Harris, Leverburgh/Tarbert, +44 7760 216555, [6]. Daily boat trips to St. Kilda World Heritage Site.  edit
  • Take a scenic walk along the coast from Tarbert to Rhenigidale
  • Walk to the top of Clisham (799m), the highest mountain of the Western Isles.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Temple Cafe Northton, Isle of Harris, Open Tue-Sun 1000-1730. An excellent cafe, one of the few on the island open on a Sunday.
  • Skoon Art Cafe [7] 4 Geocrab, Isle of Harris, HS3 3HB +44 1859 530268 Mar-Oct Tue-Sat 10am-5pm.
  • The Anchorage The Pier, Leverburgh, Isle of Harris, HS5 3UB, +441859520225 open Mon-Sat 1200-2100. Located next to Leverburgh ferry terminal. Serving Italian fare, full bar, tea/coffee.
  • Atlantic Edge, 11 Ferry Road, Leverburgh, HS5 3UA +44 1859 550766.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The MacLeod Motel in Tarbert is by far the best pub in the Island to visit. The locals are friendly to tourists and go out of their way to make them welcome. The food is superb with local sea food featuring highly. During summer they have Scottish ceilidh music live in the bar.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Number 5, 5 Drinishader, +441859511255 (), [8]. Hostel and self catering accommodation suitable for all types of travellers. Food and equipment hire available.  edit
  • Am Bothan, Ferry Road, Leverburgh, +44 1859 520251 (), [9]. A comfortable and clean hostel, located near the ferry landing in Leverburgh.  edit
  • Rhenigidale Hostel, Rhenigidale (The building has white walls and a grey roof with three small skylights on the side of the valley, it is on the east side of the hamlet, a few metres above the road.), [10]. This hostel is a renovated croft house in the tranquil hamlet of Rhenigidale. There are no shops nearby, so bring along food. The hostel does not take bookings. dorm bed: £9, camping: £5.  edit
  • Bed and Breakfast at Ceol na Mara,[11] Nestled among the hills a few minutes' drive from Tarbert, Isle of Harris, you will find Ceol na Mara Guest House, a 20th century Hebridean house set in 55 acres of unspoiled crofting land enjoying spectacular views over Loch Kindebig and beyond.
  • Tigh Na Mara [12], Tarbert, HS3 3DB, +44 1859 502270. This B&B is less than 5 minutes walk from the Ferry Tarbert.
  • Camping Most visitors to Harris camp. There are sites around the island, some extremely picturesque, some not official. Please take your litter home if you decide to do wild camping!

Get out[edit]


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