Exploring The Isle of Harris

Guide To The Isle of Harris: A World Waiting to be Discovered

The Isle of Harris is a spectacular island known for its mountains, beaches and wildlife. Exploring the Isle of Harris with its extraordinary scenery and adventurous spirit, is a world just waiting to be discovered. An ideal destination for a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and cycling, Harris’ remote landscapes and breath-taking scenery inspire everyone that visits. 

The Isle of Harris is a wonderful place to visit for holidays or short breaks, to see the old towns, take a walk along the coastline or go to the many festivals held throughout the year. 

And when you’ve finished outside, there’s more to explore. Harris is home to some fascinating museums and attractions, as well as some highly recommended cafes and galleries. Find attractions, hiking routes, outdoor pursuits, wildlife, beaches and more with our comprehensive Harris Visitor Guide .

Two Isles, one Island

The Isles of Harris and Lewis are actually one island, sharing a land border at Tarbert.

A Record-Breaking Peak

Harris’ famous An Cliseam is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides, standing at an impressive 799 metres. It’s popular with walkers, climbers and even boasts an active cycle route!

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Favourite Hiking Routes

There’s no better way to explore Harris than on foot. From Macleod’s Stone to the An Cliseam Horseshoe, there’s a hiking route for everyone.

Hidden Hebrides and Wild Harris offer guided walks to help you make the most of the island, as do the rangers of the North Harris Trust. Don’t forget to join the Hebridean Way, running from Vatersay to Lewis – it passes right behind the house.

Macleod's Stone & Traigh Iar

This short walk crosses the stunningly beautiful sands of Traigh Iar before climbing up to visit a massive standing stone. The route then passes over a low hill to reach the equally fine beach of Traigh Niosaboit before returning beside the road. Great views throughout.

Difficulty – Easy

Distance – 2.5km

Average Time – 1 hour

 

Renish Point, from Rodel

This short walk explores the most southerly headland on Harris, a great vantage point for marine mammals, otters and seabirds. It crosses open grazing land so dogs should be kept under tight control.

Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 8km
Average Time: 2 hours

Sron Ulladale Stalker’s Path

Sron Uladal (or Strone Ulladale as it is often known) is a magnificent overhanging cliff hidden in a very remote location in the Harris hills. The cliff has been claimed as the finest inland precipice in the UK and was made famous by the Great Climb live broadcast on BBC Scotland.

Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 15.5km
Average Time: 4 hours

Beinn Dhubh, Losgaintir

Beinn Dhubh and its neighbour Beinn Losgaintir appear unremarkable, rounded hills from a distance. However, their superb position overlooking the Luskentyre Sands on the one hand, and the mountains of North Harris on the other, ensures they make for a shorter hill walk with sensational views.

Difficulty: Medium/Hard
Distance: 11.5km
Average Time: 5 hours

An Cliseam Horseshoe

The long approach to An Cliseam over the dramatic and rugged ridges of Mulla-Fo-Thuath and Mulla-Fo-Dheas is a Hebridean classic, with views to match. The route makes a full days’ hill-walking and is much more demanding than the standard route up Cliseam.

Difficulty: Hard
Distance: 14km
Average Time: 9 hours

Urgha to Rhenigidale
The start of the route can be reached on foot from Tarbert and follows the ancient walking route to the village of Rhenigidale and was the main overland access route until a road was built in the 1980s. It’s a well-constructed path with one short boggy section, and a steep descent.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 6km
Average Time: 3 hours

Ceapabhal, Taobh Tuath

This very steep ascent towards Ceapabhal rewards walkers with stunning views along the beaches of Harris as well as out over a myriad of islands in the Sound. Much of the track is sand over machair, with more formal tracks only appearing in the upper sections.

Difficulty: Medium
Distance: 6.75km
Average Time: 3 hours

Harris Eagle Observatory

Home to 20 pairs of Golden Eagles, the mountains of Harris offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to see these creatures in their natural habitat. This walk takes you out on an even track to the new observatory.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5.25km
Average Time: 1.5 hours

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The scenery is stunning, no matter what the weather. We were blessed to have had a sunny daytrip to the extraordinary St Kilda. The sea-stacks were out of this world, and we saw puffins and gannets. We also spotted two golden eagles flying high to the west of the house that really made our holiday.

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Wow, what a wonderful place. The wild and beautiful surroundings are perfection. The perfect location for the perfect holiday with the best views in the world! What a week – wall to wall sunshine!

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When we pulled back the curtains on the first morning, having arrived in the dark, the view was worth every single minute of the journey.  I thought I’d woken up in heaven each morning!  We had a fantastic time and fell in love with Harris.

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