We want you to have the best possible holiday on the Isle of Harris...
Tarbert is the island's main town and ferry port - it is small, friendly and quiet with several good places to eat and plenty of things to do (both in the town and around).
There are two hotels (Hotel Hebrides & the Harris Hotel) with public and lounge bars, and a variety of shops including a newsagent, butcher, baker, general grocer and craft/tweed shops. A fantastic new highlight is the Harris Distillery which offers tours, coffees and light lunches.
Free wifi is available in both Tarbert hotels and the Cal-Mac waiting room on Tarbert pier.
There is a garage for both fuel & repairs, a Post Office, a Bank of Scotland (with restricted hours) and a Link ATM in the main car park near the Cal-Mac office.
Bunavoneader is a hamlet 4 miles north of Tarbert with an honesty box for fresh hen eggs.
It is also the site of an old Whaling station and probably the most remote tennis court in Britain!
On the way there from Tarbert, you will pass through Ardhasaig which has a garage for fuel, a general store and lovely a la carte dining at Ardhasaig Hotel.
THINGS TO DO
The beautiful beaches on the west coast of Harris are perfect for picnics whilst the east coast has a more dramatic lunar rocky landscape. Touring Harris and the adjoining Isle of Lewis feels like exploration of the many many galleries, craft and tweed outlets, places to eat, museums and archaeological sites - most of which are detailed in a free Outer Hebrides booklet, and individual communities often have their own historical exhibitions and displays.
There are fantastic walks all across Harris and Lewis - either visiting the wonderful beaches or taking in the dramatic landscape. We recommend the walk to the Eagle Observatory (just along the road from Greenbank), Eilean Glas Lighthouse on Scalpay, Toe Head Chapel at Northton or a climb up An Clisham.
There are also opportunities for fishing (or you can watch the salmon leap at Amhuinsuidhe Castle) and golf on both Harris & Lewis.
Alternatively, try sea-kayaking or ceilidh dancing in Harris, a Segway experience in the grounds of Lews Castle or power-kiting, surfing, paint balling and go-karting on Lewis.
Both Tarbert and Stornoway have Sports Centres with swimming pools, and it is worth checking out what's on in the An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway (which is now open on the last Sunday of each month).
There's so much to do, see, experience and explore that we hope you will be totally captivated and will come back year on year.
Various boat trips and/or individualised tours can be arranged during your stay, but do be aware that booking in advance is essential, with boat trips being totally weather-dependent and liable to cancellation on safety grounds at very short notice.
In Tarbert, lunches and evening meals are served at both the Hotel Hebrides and the Harris Hotel in either the restaurant or as bar meals. The Harris Distillery offers coffees and light lunches with delicious home baking, as does Ardhasaig Glass and Arts.
Elsewhere on Harris, the Anchorage in Leverburgh and the Temple Cafe in Northton provide good quality meals, as do the North Harbour Bistro in Scalpay and Scarista House. Look out for Flavour pop-up dinners in various venues, and Croft 36 in Northton is worth a visit for hot and cold food to take away (via an honesty box).
There are also excellent catering vans all around the island, including the Butty Bus at Leverburgh, Blas bhon Iar at Horgabost, Sam’s Seafood Shack in Rodel and Taste ‘n Sea at Bowglass, Loch Seaforth on the road to Stornoway. Bear in mind that it is worth checking opening hours for all eateries as many do not open on Sundays, and booking is advisable for evening meals.
PLACES TO EAT
Further details about ferries to Tarbert (Isle of Harris), Leverburgh (Sound of Harris) or Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
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