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Where to go shopping for essentials on the Isle of Harris?
The romantically named Isle of Harris is a beautiful place with long sandy beaches and plenty to do and see, but where should you go shopping for essentials on the Isle of Harris and Lewis?
We have provided a list of the best places to get your shopping essentials on Harris & Lewis.
Shops are closed on Sundays!
Shops on Lewis and Harris are not open on a Sunday, so make sure that you buy all your essential items before the shops close on a Saturday.
Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis
Both islands are geographically linked. Plan a little bit more time for your shopping trip as on the isles, nothing is quite at the door step.
Depending on the weather, it can easily take 90 minutes to “nip” to Stornoway to get some shopping. So it’s best to plan ahead and possibly do the big shop as you arrive by ferry in Stornoway, where you can find the only 2 big supermarkets.
For every day essentials and anything you want to stock up or may have forgotten, you can visit the stores in Tarbert or the Leverburgh Co-Op. Of all the shops in Harris, the Leverburgh Co-Op is the biggest and has the largest selection of every-day essentials.
50 miles from Oran Na Mara
Drive Time: 1:20 hour
Population: ~ 6,000
- Tesco – Large supermarket which provides a wide range of groceries and household goods.
- Co-op – Large supermarket (bigger than Tesco’s) sells groceries and household items.
- Spar – convenience store.
- Costcutter – convenience store.
- Cearns Community Shop – convenience store.
Butchers & Delicatessen
- MacLeod & MacLeod Butchers – specialising in quality meat products.
- The Good Food Boutique – delicatessen, specialising in handmade artisan products.
- W J Macdonald – specialising in quality meat products.
- Charles Macleod – specialising in quality meat products.
Tarbert, Isle of Harris
15 miles from Oran Na Mara
Drive Time: Less than 30 min
Population: ~ 550
- A D Munro – licensed grocers, butchers and bakery.
- Akrams General Store – household, personal goods, repair shop and general store.
- John Morrison – newsagent and grocers.
Tarbert is a small town on the Isle of Harris. As you drive into Tarbert, follow the one-way street to the left and at the end, at the main junction, turn right and then park your car in the main car park on your left. From there, you can walk to all the shops with ease.
Tarbert also has a number of local shops that sell Harris art from local artists.
Leverburgh, Isle of Harris
5.7 miles from Oran Na Mara
Drive Time: 10 min
Population: ~ 200
- An Clachan (Community Shop) – groceries, hardware, coal, calor gas, gift shop and 24 hour petrol station.
Leverburgh is a small village on the Isle of Harris. It has a handful of shops selling gifts and art as well as the main An Clachan store.
Ardhasaig, Isle of Harris
17 miles from Oran Na Mara
Drive Time: 30 min
Ardhasaig is a tiny place just North of Tarbert. The filling station is just beside the road. They have some essentials in the shop too.
Northton, Isle of Harris
3.5 miles from Oran Na Mara
Drive Time: 7 min
Population: Under 90
- Croft 36 – specialising in freshly prepared seafood delivered to your door and a croft shop.
- Temple Harris – an artisan bakery, coffee roastery and delicatessen.
Northton is a tiny, but long-stretched village which is “famous” for Croft 36 – a small hut with locally produced food with an honesty payment system.
Further down the road, on the right, you can find Temple Harris. They have some parking space for it’s visitors.
Currently, they only have a very small amount of indoor seating, but some outdoor tables and benches too.