Historical Attractions on Harris

Historical Attractions on Harris are quite varied and the list below is a small selection of sites.

Many historical artefacts found on Harris can be seen in the museum in Stornoway, but many features remain where they stand.

Historical Attractions on Harris, Seallam

 Seallam! Visitor Centre

Seallam! Visitor Centre, at Northton is an important centre to visit if you would like to find out more quality information about Harris.

The centre has a changing series of exhibitions on various facets of local life and history. It also has a well stocked book shop, with a tea and coffee bar.


Historical Attractions on Harris, Isle of Taransay

The Isle of Taransay

The Isle of Taransay lies just off the west coast of South Harris, and was used to film the BBC programme, Castaway 2000.

It can be best viewed from the roadside parking place between Horgabost and Borve. Originally, the island supported three villages, Raa, Paibil and Horgabost.


Historical Attractions on Harris, Scalpay Pier

 Scalpay Lighthouse

The Isle of Scalpay is located to the east of Tarbet and is accessed by a spectacular bridge. The island relied on fishing for its existance and there is still and active fleet of small boats.

Scalpay has one of the earliest lighthouses in Scotland and a walk has been created to view both it, and also the magnificent scenery and marine views.


Historical Attractions on Harris, Whaling

Bunavoneader Whaling station

On the shore of Loch a Siar, stand the ruins of a whaling station.

All that can be seen from the road is the large square brick  Boiling Chimney.   The station dates from the early 1900’s and was set up by a Norwegian Family, who had contacts with the Norwegian Whaling Fleet.

On the ground it is possible to view concrete foundations and floors of the old sheds and ancillary buildings.  On the shoreline are the remains of the jetty and slips used for hauling out the whale meat.


Historical Attractions on Harris, St Clements church Rodel

Historical Attractions on Harris,  Church of St. Clement

Church of St. Clement at Rodel is situated at the southern tip of Harris, near Leverburgh.

The church was built in the 16th century by Alexander MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan , otherwise known as Alasdair Crotach (humpback), due to a sword wound. The main features of interest are three tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights, and the tomb of Alexander