THINGS TO DO AND AMENETIES

Harris has much to offer the visitor at all times of the year. If you have not already done so we recommend you take a look at the Outer Hebrides Tourism website which contains suggestions to ensure you get the best from your stay: https://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/ Visit Scotland also provide an excellent information resource for travel to the Islands: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/lewis-harris-stornoway/

Here are a few of our suggestions for you to consider during your stay. Even as we come out of the COVID restrictions not all of our recommendations will be open or may have limited facilities. Please check websites or contact venues for details.

Restaurants, food and drink

There are many options for eating out across Harris from popular food trucks to more formal dining choices. We highly recommend:

Restaurants:

Food trucks:

Local food and drink producers in Harris include:

 
Shopping

In Tarbert and Leverburgh you will find a number of excellent small independent shops. Please note that most shops in Lewis and Harris are closed on Sundays.

A D Munro – Main Street, Tarbert. General store with an excellent butchers section. https://www.facebook.com/ADMunroButchers/

John Morrison “Brownies” – Main Street, Tarbert. Newsagent with general store. In summer they have their whipped ice cream machine running! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057393192737

An Clachan – Leverburgh. Harris Community CO-OP. Small supermarket with a wide range of groceries and fresh produce.
https://www.harriscommunityshop.co.uk/

Croft 36 – Northton. Hebridean food business with local produce and take-away food offerings. https://www.facebook.com/Croft36

Temple Café – Northton. In addition to the café a new bakery bakery business is being developed in 2021 – look out for some wonderful sourdough and naughty cakes! https://www.templeharris.com/

In Stornoway there are Tesco and CO-OP supermarkets providing a full range of products. Specialist shops include The Stornoway Smokehouse in Shell Street (opposite Tesco) 01851 702723 or http://www.stornowaysmokehouse.co.uk, and The Good Food Boutique, 59 Cromwell Street Stornoway HS1 2DD  www.goodfoodboutique.co.uk

Shops open on a Sunday for food and fuel include:

  • Engebret's Garage in Stornoway
  • The Blackhouse Bakery in Stornoway
  • Temple Cafe in Northton
  • An Clachan 24 hour fuel pump only

 

Arts and Crafts

During the summer season there are weekly craft markets held in Tarbert Community Centre which are widely advertised. You may also wish to investigate:


Boat trips


Golf

The Isle of Harris Golf Club located at Scarista on the west coast of the island is described as one of the most picturesque 9-hole courses in the world. The Club was first set up in 1930 and through hard work and dedication it is now considered to be a first class links course with spectacular views. Details of tee booking, weekly passes for visitors and course facilities can be found on their website: https://www.harrisgolf.com/

Harris History and Culture

For a fascinating insight into the history of Harris and its people a visit to Seallam! is a must.

Seallam! Visitor Centre, An Taobh Tuath (Northton) Isle of Harris HS3 3JA: https://www.hebridespeople.com/visitor-centre/

Walking and climbing

Harris has many excellent walks suitable for all levels of fitness. Am Bealach (The Coffin Road) and A' Seann Rather (sometimes known as the the Scholars’ Path in English) both start from the road into Leac a Li. Details of the popular Coffin Road walk (made famous by Peter May’s recent book "The Coffin Road") are given on many sites and the Scholar’s Path running on the hill above our croft is an excellent way of viewing the Bay’s scenery. https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/harris.shtml

The Hebridean Walking Club arrange walks on Saturdays and Sundays in Lewis and Harris. Details can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting 07733 387598 or email cocast@btinternet.com. Please also check the websites for North Harris Trust https://north-harris.org/?page_id=6712 and West Harris Trust who also offer organised walks in the summer season.

Excellent walks throughout Harris can be found in the following books:

Walks Western Isles by Luke Williams
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Hallewell-Pocket-Walking-Guides/dp/1872405355

Walking on Harris and Lewis by Richard Barrett
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walking-Harris-Lewis-Cicerone-Guides/dp/1852848189/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=walking+on+harris+and+lewis&qid=1617218513&s=books&sr=1-1

The Ordnance Survey Explorer Map for South Harris and Taransay is sheet number 455
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Explorer-South-Harris-Hearadh-Active/dp/0319246981/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ordnance+survey+map+455&qid=1617219246&s=books&sr=1-1

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