Out and About

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.

Tarbert

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.

 A mobile Royal Bank of Scotland also visits the village and other parts of Harris.

Harris Tweed Isle of Harris

Harris Tweed Isle of Harris and Harris Tweed and Knitwear belong to the Campbell family. 

Visit their website to read about the long history of this weaving family, also about the history of Harris Tweed.

Isle of Harris Distillery

By the shores of East Loch Tarbert sits the Isle of Harris Distillery visible to everyone arriving by land or by sea.

Although very much 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 is normally open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Isle of Harris Distillery cafe and tours are not available in 2020. 

When open, at the heart of the distillery sits a peat burning fire representative of an Outer Hebridean welcome, a warm welcome awaiting all guests that walk through the distillery doors.

For more details please visit www.harrisdistillery.com

Sea Harris

Operating from Leverburgh in the Isle of Harris, Sea Harris provide 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. From 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 his 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

Kilda Cruises

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 in 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

Golf

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.

www.harrisgolf.com

Scarista Gold Course
Amhuinnsuidhe Caslte, Isle of Harris

Fishing

The Outer Hebrides is a game angler’s dream location and one that will fill you with all the emotions and all the pleasures associated with this wonderful and rewarding sport. Whether you are a solitary angler, form part of a larger group or are simply looking for a tranquil family vacation, the Outer Hebrides has it all – namely, some of the best summer salmon and trout fishing in Europe amidst spectacular scenery.

Harris is probably better known for the lochs and rivers of the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate, formerly the North Harris Estate and commonly known in angling circles as Amhuinnsuidhe.

For more information, contact  Amhuinnsuidhe Castle:
Tel: +44 (0) 1859560200
Fax: +44 (0) 1859560263
Email: info@amhuinnsuidhe.com

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, contact Borve Lodge Estate
Tel: +44 (0) 1859550358