Explore Harris and Lewis

Scalpay and HarrisThe outer Hebrides is the most westerly island range in Scotland and forms an archipelago of islands, which boasts beaches of white sands and aquamarine waters, a vibrant arts and music scene, the heartland of Gaelic culture and a place to commune with nature, enjoy the outdoors and relax!

Lewis and Harris though distinct in culture and landscape are one landmass, separated by a narrow stream at Bowglass as you take in the breathtaking views of Loch Seaforth from the road that links the two! The lovely island of Scalpay is attached by high-span road bridge to North Harris.

These striking and diverse unspoilt landscapes create a place of natural beauty and interest. The contrasting environments - lunar-like rocky areas, high mountains and pockets of lochs that reflect the changing skies; the lush green Machair connecting the land to the Atlantic where the waves ebb and flow against the expansive stretches of secluded white sand beaches, reminiscent of the Carribean (though not quite as warm!) - make this such a wonderful place to be, whether the sun is on your back or the sea breeze in your hair.  The abundant wildlife adds to the enjoyment of exploring.

www.north-harris.org/north-harris/wildlife-watching-on-north-harris/
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/harris/harris/index.html

 

 

Island Hopping & Sea faring Ferry to Scalpay

There are ferry links at Tarbert and Leverburgh in Harris and at Stornoway in Lewis, making it an ideal place from which to Island Hop (see Calmac for details).  There are also boat trips to St. Kilda and the Shiant Islands.
www.scenic-cruises.co.uk
www.seaharris.co.uk
www.kildacruises.co.uk

 

Arts & Music

The extremes of these remote yet vibrant isles provide inspiration to the many artists, musicians and writers who live and work here. With a rich talent pool, there is much to discover, with galleries & studios throughout.

www.themissionhouse.co.uk - visit the Studio in Finsbay for wonderful photography and striking ceramics created by owner artists Beka & Nikolai Globe

www.williefulton.com - visit studio at Drinishader for paintings and prints from Willie & Moira Fulton

www.scalpaylinen.com for tweeds, silks and more

www.lanntair.com Stornoway, for exhibitions, events, cinema and good food

The Hebridean Celtic Festival takes place each year in July and promises a fantastic line up of artists! There are many other musical delights to be enjoyed throughout the year
www.hebceltfest.com

Scaplay, Harris, cycling

 

Outdoor Enthusiasts

Whether walking, cycling, sea kayaking or beach combing, there is so much to enjoy!

www.harrisoutdoor.co.uk for sea kayaking, wind carting, mountain bike hire, boat trips...
www.mountaindays.net for walking and cycling
www.walking stories.com for walking
 

Great Food

There are many great places to eat and drink throughout the Isles, in which you can enjoy the great seafood and warm Hebridean welcome