Isle of Harris will enchant you with its sandy beaches, rugged mountains and flower-filled meadows. Hop between picturesque coastal villages and learn about the rich history, heritage and culture of the island. A constellation of galleries and studios give the island an artistic edge.
Things to do in Isle of Harris
The Golden Road spans along the east side of the island and showcases rugged coastal landscapes. Along the way, you’ll pass by shimmering lochs and picturesque villages. Look out for seals basking on the rocky shoreline. You can also spot highland cattle and sheep grazing in the meadows.
The west coast boasts some of the island’s best beaches, including Luskentyre. Sugar-white sand and aquamarine water give it a Mediterranean feel. Borve Beach is another beautiful stretch of sand, with turquoise water and fantastic views over the Isle of Taransay.
Harris is the birthplace of Harris Tweed, one of Scotland’s most famous exports. Islanders have been weaving the premium wool cloth for generations using yarn spun in the Outer Hebrides. The Clo Mor Harris Tweed Exhibition in Drinnishadder offers more information on the art of tweed weaving, as well as live demonstrations.
St. Clement’s Church is the main attraction in the small village of Rodel. It was built in the 16th century by a Scottish chieftain and houses several tombs. As you admire the intricate stone carvings and sculpted panels, you’ll see why St. Clement’s is one of the most beautiful medieval churches in Scotland.
The further north you travel, the more dramatic the scenery becomes. North Harris is studded with mountains, some almost 800 metres tall. The hike up Clisham rewards you with sweeping views over the island and the Outer Hebrides.
Getting around Isle of Harris
Isle of Harris is located in the Outer Hebrides, with ferries departing from Isle of Skye and Ullapool on the Scottish mainland. Rental cars are the best way to explore Isle of Harris at your own pace. The island is also serviced by local buses.