The Isle of Harris – home to the famous distillery and Harris Tweed Shop is a must-see stop on your Scottish adventure. This Outer Hebridean island to this day has rich traditions, iconic scenery and those that live there are very proud of their island way of life. In this guide we look at the top things to do and accommodation in Harris.
Your Complete Guide to Harris
When people think Harris, they usually think stunning, empty beaches that look almost tropical. Mix this in with breathtaking island mountains and you’ve got us convinces! However, as you are about to see, the Isle of Harris is so much more than just beaches!
It’s easier ever to get to this secluded part of the world as daily ferries run from the town of Ullapool to Stornoway. You can catch a flight over to the Outer Hebrides from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness.
Learn more about this popular Scottish holiday destination with My Voyage Scotland’s complete guide to Harris.
Things to do in Harris
Nature, Gaelic culture, and Scottish history should all be on the agenda for your trip to Harris.
Nestled between the mountains in this stunning part of Scottish you will find breath-taking white sandy beaches that go on for miles and deserted meadows that are home to rare wildlife.
Even on a dull day, you will be blown away by the beauty of Harris. Learn more about how you can discover its best bits with our list of “things to do in Harris”.
Take on the twists and turns of the Golden Road.
If you are visiting the island with a card this route will allow you to discover the landscape of southeast Harris via single track road.
The Golden Road connects the tiny hamlets of Harris that have either Viking or Gaelic names.
During this once in a lifetime experience, you will be spoilt with stunning scenery, ‘lunar’ landscapes, tranquil lochs and maybe even a seal sunbathing on the rocks.
Harris Tweed Shop
The perfect pitstop for souvenirs.
The world-famous Harris Tweed Shop is a must-see spot on the island. Harris Tweed began back in back in 1910 by Marion Campbell and to this day the business is owned and run by the Campbell family.
You will find the Harris Tweed shop and tweed warehouse in the heart of Tarbert, which is the principal town on the Isle of Harris.
Isle of Harris Distillery
The Isle of Harris Distillers promises all that join them “the warmest of Outer Hebridean welcomes.” Business is thriving as the five local distillers on the Island are creating, world-class spirits and shipping them to lands far, far away.
This is something that the community here are proud of and want to share with the tourists that travel for miles to visit their island. The Isle of Harris Distillery is known as ‘The Social Distillery’, it opens its doors six days a week, to connect with these visitors and to give them an insight into the distillers’ history and story so far.
We have already boasted ever so slightly about the town’s scenery and coastlines, but it is worth highlighting some of the magical beaches that Harris has to offer.
Pictures of the beaches here will never do them justice – it’s like Instagram in real life!
If you are visiting Harris, we would recommend making a stop at Luskentyre, Scarista and Borve beaches. Take a picnic, make a sandcastle and watch the beautiful sunset over Harris.
Harris is a popular choice for those that enjoy hiking holidays. Exploring the island by foot can be wonderful as it has the most extensive and highest range of mountains in the Outer Hebrides.
The perfect escape, the hills here are peaceful and once you reach the top you will be delighted with the views.