The Isle of Harris
Discover the History and Heritage of Harris
The southern-most part of Lewis and Harris, the Isle of Harris is a landscape rich with natural beauty and stunning wildlife. From the windswept north-west settlement of Hushinish to the sandy beaches of the south, it’s an island waiting to be discovered.
Located on the dramatic west coast of the Isle of Harris, Òran na Mara’s unique views to Scarista beach and the Chaipaval peninsula offer a real opportunity for adventure.
An Isle of Contrasts
The mountainous north offers a wilderness to explore. The western beaches are among the best in the world.
Geological and Historical Wonders
With mountains scoured by the shifting of the glaciers, the Isle of Harris is rich with geological wonders. Neolithic and Norse settlements sit alongside medieval churches and extraordinary natural features.
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Òran na Mara
Òran na Mara – At the Heart of Harris
Stunning Views Across an Epic Landscape
Sandy Beaches on your Doorstep
Scarista Beach is undoubtedly one of the finest on the Isle of Harris and is easily accessible from the house. A vast, open expanse of white sand facing into the turquoise shallows of the Sound of Taransay, this is Harris at its glorious best.
Travel a little north towards Borve and you’ll find more pristine beaches with endless views. To the south is the stunning Toe Head peninsula with an array of white sand bays lapped by turquoise seas.
The view from Òran na Mara is extraordinary. Take in the glorious sight of the iconic Toe Head peninsula, framed by the hills of North Harris to the right. Revel in dazzling sunsets and enjoy the uninterrupted views of a star-laden night sky.
Walk for miles on Scarista beach and take in the views across to the Isle of Taransay. Venture further and discover the views from Bagh Steinigidh’s rocky, windswept shore.
Beautiful Hebridean Wildlife
Harris is home to an abundance of wildlife. Iconic species including mountain hares, otters and red deer are found here, as are many species of birds. Golden plover and snipe are seen inland, with majestic golden eagles soaring in the coastal thermals.
Harris is rich with marine life too. The Atlantic waters are home to seals, basking sharks and several whale and dolphin species. Sea birds such as arctic terns and plovers abound, with gannets dramatically diving into the sea.
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