Machair at Luskentyre

Places to Visit and Things to Do

  • Circular tour of the island – circumnavigate South Harris in about 1½ hours by car (allow longer for photo opportunities!) and see the contrast between the rocky moonscapes and little bays of the east and the stunning beaches of the west coast. Can be done by local bus.
  • Boat trips go to St Kilda from Leverburgh ( and to the Shiants from Tarbert (  Booking ahead is advisable.  There are short boat trips around Harris from Flodabay (
  • See Harris Tweed being made.  Demonstrations at the Tweed Shop in Harris and in Drinishader.

    St. Clements Church, Rodel

    St. Clements Church, Rodel

  • Visit the Harris Distillery.  Whisky won’t be ready for some time, but gin is available.  Cafe.
  • St Clements Church, Rodel – medieval church.
  • Berneray.  Take the ferry from Leverburgh and spend the day walking or cycling around Berneray.  It’s very flat, very peaceful and almost car-free.  You can cycle across the machair and along the beach.
  • Art Galleries – there are a number of artists working on the island.
  • Fishing – loch and sea fishing is available.
  • Genealogy – visit Seallam in Northon.  Also, has exhibitions on the Hebrides including St Kilda.
  • Golf – famous 9-hole course at Scarista.  Take advantage of the long hours of daylight and play a round of golf after dinner!
  • Tennis at Bunavoneadar – probably the most remote tennis court in the country.
  • Cycle – bicycles may be hired.  01859 502066 or 01859 520319
  • Musical events take place in Harris at various times throughout the year.  Look for posters in local shops.  The famous Hebridean Celtic Festival takes place in Stornoway in July.
  • Cinema – if you are lucky, your visit may coincide with “The Screen Machine” – the travelling cinema.  The lorry parks on the ground at the end of the harbour and transforms itself into a cinema (but take your own popcorn and ice cream!).
  • Craft fairs and farmers’ markets are held in the summer months.  These are usually in, or beside, the Community Hall at Tarbert.
  • Swimming – at the leisure centre at the school.
  • Walks/Climbs – there are walks to suit all levels of ability from an easy stroll along an empty beach to a more taxing climb in the North Harris Hills.  Guided walks are available.
  • Beaches – the long white beaches of Harris, edged by turquoise sea, will take your breath away.  Some beaches are suitable for surfing and wind-surfing (more especially on the west coast of Lewis) and all are great for kite flying.
  • Photography – the Hebrides are a photographer’s dream!  Kodak moments at every turn, and good, clear light.
  •  Take a trip to Lewis to visit The Callanish Stones, Guerranan Blackhouse Village, Dun Carloway Broch, Borgh Pottery, Hebridean Soaps and more!

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