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Things to do in Harris


If there's one thing Harris is famous for it's the spectacular beaches. As you travel along the west coast of the island you will be mesmerised by the ever-changing beach and seascapes opening out in front of you. Spotless white sand, sparkling turquoise seas, huge sweeping dunes and wide open spaces fill the senses at every turn.


The world famous Luskentyre beach is a short 10 minute drive from Dunarain. Spend a day climbing in the gigantic dunes, paddling in the crystal clear Hebridean waters and spotting the now famous Luskintyre white horses. Travel further down the coast taking in Seilebost, Horgabost, Niseboist and Scarista, each with its own unique charm..

dining out

Some quality spots for a meal in Harris are

The Machair Kitchen at Talla Na Mara

Pier House Restaurant at Hotel Hebrides



isle of harris distillery

The Isle of Harris Distillery is situated in the centre of Tarbert.  Drop in for a tour of the distillery and maybe buy a bottle of the much lauded 'Harris Gin'. At the heart of the distillery sits a peat burning fire bringing you the cosy, welcoming atmosphere of a traditional island home. Delicious treats available at the cafe and  there is also a varied selection of quality gifts for purchase.

Entry to the distillery is free with distillery tours costing £10 per adult. Please contact the distillery directly on 01859 502212 or send an email to for further information or to book onto a tour.

the north harris eagle observatory

The Observatory is situated a short drive fromTarbert. A rare sight across most of Scotland Harris supports one of the highest densities of breeding Golden eagkes in Europe. Take a stroll out to the observatory and be sure to bring your binoculars for a chance to spot these majestic birds. Bright and breezy weather is the best time to spot them.


The North Harris Eagle Observatory is located seven miles North-West of Tarbert, on the Isle of Harris. Three miles north of Tarbert on the A859, turn left on to the B887 towards Huisinis. After four miles you will reach Mevaig. The road runs right around the sea loch. At the head of the loch, there is a car park with a stone wall surrounding it. Adjacent to the carpark is a gated track leading north up Glen Mevaig. The Observatory is a 2km walk up this track from the car park -about 30 minutes. The Observatory is open to the public all year round.


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st clements church

St Clement’s Church has been praised as ‘the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles’, and it’s easy to see why.  The church is always open and entry is free. Wander through the atmospheric rooms and take in the history of centuries gone by.


Many weddings are still held in this enigmatic building and it is well worth a visit. Challenge: Find the heart shaped stone in the wall surrounding! 


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