Isle of Harris

Welcome to the Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis are at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles. The Hebrides are known as the "long island" as they stretch for 100 miles.

The Isle of Harris is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis, and has a short border, shown by a ‘dashed’ line on the Harris map. Harris has a wide range of landscapes, all of which have their own charm and interest. On the west coast lie some of the most spectacular beaches of Britain (marked on the map) with large open machair areas. In the north, the terrain is rugged, mountainous and has a Lunar feel to it.

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps 2015-2016

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps. Click to view and downloadwith huge boulders littered around.

The east coast is more isolated and has some of the oldest rocks in the world, being dated at some three thousand million years old.

The exposed rocks are a result of scouring by the glaciers in the Ice Ages. The area is known as ‘The Bays’ because of the many small, quiet inlets. These inlets are populated by small villages, each with their own unique character.

In general, the attraction of Harris is its peace and tranquillity, the magnificent scenery and beaches, but finally the warmth and quiet confidence of its people.

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Besides the range of popular Western Isles websites, we have composed a range of other website for places of interest, ranging from the Isles of Mull and Iona to  further afield we have produced websites for InvernessHobart in Tasmania and Almaty in Kazakhstan.


Our current gallery exhibitor Pippa Gatty is based on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. This beautiful illustrated atlas of the Western Islands was spotted last week by our keen-eyed cataloguer Ramona and is in desperate need of repair. If you'd like to sponsor this volume's restoration and receive a certificate of acknowledgement, either for yourself or as a gift, email quoting catalogue reference Um-9.

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I have not been able to find an easy way to access Scarista Beach using Google Maps/Google Earth. I heard it was easy but being that I am terrified of bees and ticks I really prefer not to walk through a machair. Is there a way to get to Scarista beach without walking through a lot of flowers and high grass? ... See MoreSee Less

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