Scalpay - view of Scalpay Bridge from the west

Scalpay – view of Scalpay Bridge from the west

How do I get to Scalpay?   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 nearest island to Scalpay.  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 90 minute drive to Harris.  To travel throughout Scotland and the UK, you can book your tickets through The Trainline.

 

How do I get around Scalpay?   There are Buses between Tarbert and Scalpay (service W14).  There are no Car Hire companies on Scalpay 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.

 

What’s worth visiting on Scalpay?  Eilean Glas, which can be found on a small peninsula on the east coast of the island, is the location of the first lighthouse to be built in the Outer Hebrides. Scalpay has a large number of lochans, the largest of which is Loch an Duin, which also has a small island with the remains of a fort on it.

 

Scalpay - houses across Ceann a’ Baigh

Scalpay – houses across Ceann a’ Baigh

 

Where can I stay on Scalpay?  There are several Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts on Scalpay including Two Harbours Guest House, Hirta House and Highcroft Bed and Breakfast. There is also self catering at 3 Strome View. There is further accommodation on neighbouring Harris

Are there any Books about Scalpay? 

Outer Hebrides: The western isles of Scotland, from Lewis to Barra ([Regional] Bradt Travel Guides (Regional Guides))

Outer Hebrides Guide Book (3rd edition, 2nd revision) (Charles Tait Guide Books)

 

Any other information on Scalpay? Fred Taylor, a restaurant owner, living in London, became the owner of Scalpay in 1998 following the death of his father John. Residents agreed to take over the running of the island from Fred for free and it is the largest ‘gifted’ community land acquisition in Scotland.

 

Other islands in Outer Hebrides: See pages for Baleshare, Barra, Benbecula, Berneray, Eriskay, Grimsay, Lewis, Mingulay, North Uist, South Uist, Taransay, Vatersay

 

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