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Itinerary #4: Harris


Renowned for its breathtaking beaches and mountainous landscapes, the Isle of Harris is a must visit. Whether you're seeking adventure, culinary delights, an insight into island traditions, or simply a peaceful escape, Harris has something to offer you. 

Luskentyre Beach


For the nature enthusiasts... 

The beaches on the Isle of Harris are widely regarded as some of the most beautiful in the world and have been top rated by TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and more.  

Among the most famous is Luskentyre Beach , one of the largest on the island. With its white sands and blue-green sea, it can be difficult to believe you're in Scotland and not a Caribbean island! The stunning backdrop of the rugged island of Taransay  frames the view in a uniquely Scottish way. 

If you're looking for something off the beaten track, Horgabost Beach and Sgarasta Mhòr are only a short drive around the bay from Luskentyre and offer similarly stunning scenery. If it's a clear day, there's nothing better than braving the Atlantic for a swim in these waters.  

For those interested in wildlife, a day trip to the Shiant Isles  to the east of Harris is perfect for birdwatching. The islands have been uninhabited since the early 1900s, however they serve as a key breeding colony for seabirds including puffins and razorbills.  

Luskentyre Beach by Rachel Keenan


For those seeking culture... 

The Isle of Harris has a rich history which you can experience through visiting iconic landmarks like St Clement's Church . This beautiful medieval church has been noted as 'the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles' and is a must visit. 

One of the most famous exports of the island is Harris Tweed, the iconic wool fabric manufactured years of island weaving tradition. Handwoven exclusively in the islands, this material is the only fabric in the world that has its own Act of Parliament and statutory body to guard and protect it. Why not take the Harris Tweed Trail across the island to visit the weavers, shops and related places and learn more.  

St Clements Church


For the thrill seekers... 

With its clear waters and tall peaks, Harris offers a natural playground for anyone looking for adventure. Wild Harris  offers tours across a variety of different activities, including sea kayaking, mountain biking and snorkelling.  

If you fancy a challenge, why not hike up Clisham, the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides. If it's a more gentle walk you're looking for, take the Macleod's Stone and Tràigh lar route which takes in the historic standing stone. Discover more walks at Walk Highlands .  

two female cyclist on the Hebridean Way


Fancy a dram? 

Your trip to Harris would not be complete without exploring the the island's 'capital' of Tarbert. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Hotel Hebrides  restaurant, or, if you're looking for something on the go, why not try Lorna's Larder , a local favourite for takeaway seafood and burgers. 

With your stomach lined, the next stop of your visit has to be the Isle of Harris Distillery . The distillery began in 2015 and their gin quickly became a firm favourite of enthusiasts across the world. In September 2023, the distillery launched their long-awaited whisky, 'The Hearach', the first single malt whisky of the island. Don't miss a trip to the distillery to learn more about the story behind reviving the distilling traditions long since lost on the island. 

Isle of Harris Distillery

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