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Isle of Harris

Spellbinding landscapes and thriving communities producing Harris Tweed since the 1800’s


Harris has been inspiring visitors for generations with its sensational contrasting landscapes and richly steeped heritage. In the north, the ancient glacier-scoured mountains with moonscape features give way to a rich machair and endless miles of spectacular beaches.

Harris Beach

Cloth and culture go hand in hand in Harris. The world-famous Harris Tweed is still handwoven on islanders’ crofts to this day.

Harris is bordered to the north by Lewis, together they are referred to as the Outer Hebrides or the "long Island" as they stretch 100 miles.

Famed for its coral white beaches, Scarista, Luskentyre and Traigh an Teampauill on the west coast are abundant in blinding white sand dunes and aquamarine shallows. Keep your eyes pierced for the occasional passing porpoise.

The East Coast is dotted with thriving fishing and crofting communities including Tarbert, the island's main town. Cloth and culture go hand in hand in Harris. The world-famous Harris Tweed is still handwoven in islanders’ homes to this day. It’s the only fabric in the world to be governed by its own Act of Parliament and trademark-registered since 1909.

The tweed industry has given rise to much Gaelic heritage including ‘waulking’ songs. Waulking is the final stage in the long, laborious process of producing homespun woollen cloth, soaking it and thumping it rhythmically to shrink and soften it. The songs serve to keep the rhythm and lighten the work and are still shared and taught today.

We recommend a visit to:

  • Clement's Church with its gravestones carved in local gneiss rock.
  • Northton Temple
  • The remains of the Bunavoneader whaling station.
  • Hebrides People Visitor Centre. A hub of all things Harris-historical with a dedicated genealogy database to trace family history.
  • A Harris Tweed weaver! Independent weavers work from sheds at their homes or on their own crofts. 
  • Sgarasta Mhor Beach: This beach feels almost surreal, boasting soft, pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters. It's the ideal spot for a sunbathing session.
  • Eilean Glas Lighthouse: Located on the small island of Scalpay, this lighthouse, built in 1789 by Thomas Smith, is easily accessible via a bridge. From here, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Minch.
  • North Harris Eagle Observatory: Situated on an island populated by Golden Eagles, this observatory is a must-visit for birdwatching enthusiasts.
Flying high at Seilebost - Douglas Forrest

The ferry terminal in Tarbert has crossings to Uig in Skye and Lochmaddy in North Uist. 

For more information, visit the Explore Harris website.

Farmer and His Dog - Bret S

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