The Outer Hebrides offers a full range of events and activities throughout the year. Whether your idea of the perfect holiday is to absorb the peaceful tranquillity and natural beauty of the Island countryside; or indulge in rock climbing, cruising on the open water or high adrenalin sports.
With a population of around 500, Tarbert is the capital of Harris. The village only dates back to 1779 when it was established as a fishing settlement. Gradually it took over from Rodel which had always been the historical capital of Harris.
Here you will find a branch of the Bank of Scotland, two grocery stores, post office, tourist information centre, hairdressers, and a filling station. There is also a shop in the main street which sells clothes, shoes, gifts, toiletries, household goods and just about everything you can think of.
Harris Tweed Isle of Harris and Harris Tweed and Knitwear belong to the Campbell family. Visit www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk to read about the long history of this weaving family, and also about the history of Harris Tweed.
By the shores of East Loch Tarbert sits the Isle of Harris Distillery visible to everyone arriving by land or by sea. A working distillery, producing spirit for the forthcoming whisky, ‘The Hearach’ as well as the world-famous Isle of Harris Gin infused with Sugar Kelp.
The Distillery Shop, Cafe, and Tours are closed over the winter months.
They hope to re-open in spring 2023, as always they will be well stocked with Isle of Harris Gin, gift sets, glassware, and lots of other good things.
For more details or to stock up on Isle of Harris Gin please visit www.harrisdistillery.com
Operating from Leverburgh in the Isle of Harris, Sea Harris provides the fastest, greenest, and most comfortable day trip to St Kilda from the Hebrides on their brand new, best-in-class vessel: the Enchanted Isle. They also offer shorter trips in an 11m fully enclosed Stormforce RIB.
Sea Harris is a truly local business and their small team is able to offer a personal touch to your day trip to St Kilda. Owner and skipper Seumas has lived in Harris all his life and has worked the seas around his native island for over 25 years. He holds a masters certificate to the level of RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, making him more than qualified for taking you on your trip to St Kilda.
For more details please visit www.seaharris.com
Based on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Kilda Cruises provides a fast and comfortable day trip service with St Kilda as their main destination and other outlying islands by request.
Kilda Cruises pioneered the first day trip service to St Kilda in 2005. Over the years they have taken thousands of people to this remote and fascinating part of the world. Their vessel, Hirta, is the most comfortable and spacious boat providing day trips to St Kilda. Based on the beautiful Isle of Harris, it is the ideal jump-off point for the adventure of a lifetime.
For more details please visit www.kildacruises.co.uk
Scarista, on the west coast of the magical Island of Harris and only 20 minutes from Tarbert, is surely one of the world’s finest settings for the game of golf. To the west, the Atlantic breakers thunder onto sparkling white sands. To the north lie the spectacular mountains of North Harris. To the south, the hills of the Uists lie beyond Toe Head peninsula.
For more details please visit www.harrisgolf.com
The Outer Hebrides has it all – namely, some of the best summer salmon and trout fishing in Europe amidst spectacular scenery.
The quality of the salmon and sea trout fishing on the Amhuinnsuidhe Estate is unsurpassed. The freshwater loch and river systems are all in remote and beautiful surroundings, yet most are accessible by vehicle or on foot.
Except when the rivers are in spate, most of the fishing is done Hebridean style from a boat. They offer traditional loch-style fishing for up to 10/12 rods from the nine estate boats. They have five resident ghillies to look after guests (seasonal), and their company and thorough knowledge of the area is a major factor in the enjoyment of the day. Many guests return year after year.
For more information, contact Reasort Estates Amhuinnsuidhe Castle:
Tel: +44 (0) 1851 672228
The Borve Lodge Estate fisheries lie amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Outer Hebrides. The streams flow through rugged mountainous terrain and journey just a few kilometers down to the west coast and the famous white sandy beaches. Most of these streams provide excellent spawning for salmon and sea-trout and they flow in and out of numerous small lochs that provide the venues for targeting the returning adult fish.
For more information, call Borve Lodge Estate: +44 (0) 1859 550358