How do I get to Harris? You can fly to Stornoway on Lewis with Flybe from Belfast, Benbecula, Barra, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Norwich, Southampton and Sumburgh. Most of these flights are via Glasgow or Benbecula. There are also flights available from Eastern Airways, to Stornoway, that fly via Aberdeen. There are three Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferries that service Harris. The two direct ones are the Uig (on Skye) to Tarbert ferry and the Berneray to Leverburgh ferry, further south in the Outer Hebrides. Also, there is a Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Ullapool on the north-west coast of mainland Scotland that arrives at Stornoway on Lewis. From there it is about a 75 minute drive to Harris. To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.
How do I get around Harris? There are Buses between Tarbert, Rhenigidale, Hushinish, Stockinish, Rodel, Leverburgh, Borrisdale and Strond. There are no Car Hire companies on Harris but there are several Car Hire firms in Lewis such as Mackinnon's and Arnol Car Hire. Cycle Hire is available from Harris Cycle Hire in Leverburgh. Tours around the Outer Hebrides - including Harris are available through Shearings Holidays.
What's worth visiting on Harris? The Isle of Harris Knitwear Company and Harris Tweed and Knitwear both stock locally produced high quality 'Harris Tweed' garments. Hebrideanstore.com sell a range of unique, luxury gifts from the Hebrides, including Harris Tweed. Seallam! Visitor Centre, at Northton has exhibits dealing with the history and natural environment of the Hebrides. The MacGillivray Centre is an unmanned Interpretive Centre that illustrates the work of William MacGillivray and provides an understanding of the island's natural habitat. Harris is also famous for it's beautiful beaches, believed to be some of the best in Europe. These include Luskentyre, Scarista and Borve beaches.
Where can I stay on Harris? There are a few Hotels on Harris. They include Rodel Hotel in Rodel, Ardhasaig Hotel in Ardhasaig, the Hotel Hebrides and the Harris Hotel. Other accommodation includes Grimisdale Guest House in Leverburgh, Ceol na Mara Guest House just outside Tarbert , Beul na Mara Bed and Breakfast in Seilebost, Tigh na Mara in Tarbert and Carminish House Bed & Breakfast near Strond. Also, there are two Bunkhouses available. They are Am Bothan Bunkhouse in Leverburgh and Drinishader Bunkhouse in Tarbert. There is also a Gatliff Hostel at Rhenigidale. This was the first Hostel in the Outer Hebrides. Camping is available at Horgabost Campsite in Horgabost and also Lickisto Blackhouse Camping and Minch View Caravan Park at Drinishader.
Are there any books/DVD's about Harris?
- Lewis and Harris: History and pre-history on the Western Edge of Europe by Francis Thompson,
- Crowdie and Cream and Other Stories by Finlay J. Macdonald,
- Lewis and Harris (Pevensey Island Guides) by Francis Thompson and
- Walking on Harris and Lewis (British Mountains) by Richard Barrett.
- Seasons on Harris: A year in Scotland's Outer Hebrides by David Yeadon,
- Walking on Harris and Lewis: 30 routes in the Outer Hebrides by Richard Barrett,
- The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson and
- The Fragile islands by Bettina Selby
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