Isle of Harris Vacations

by John Angus Macleod

Scotland has a number of world class tourist destinations which range from the likes of Edinburgh Castle & the Edinburgh Festivals to the golf courses of St Andrews. Scotland has so much to offer that a suitable vacation can be found for almost anyone but besides the great many well known vacation destinations there is a multitude of lesser known but equally thrilling and enjoyable vacations to be had in places such as the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles.

There are two groups of islands, the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides, which make up the total group known simply as just the Hebrides. Consisting of hundreds of islands, the Hebrides are found off the west coast of Scotland. The most popular vacation destination in the area is the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides.

The Isle of Lewis is the largest, both in size and population, island in the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles. The centre of the island is mainly barren moorland but the coast is often dramatic and always incredibly beautiful. Lewis is in the very north and to the south of Lewis is the Isle of Harris which is part of the same land mass. In the North, Harris is dramatically dominated by imposing mountains which soften to rocky hills to the south.

Tarbert is the main village on Harris which is found at the point where North Harris becomes South Harris. It is here where you will arrive/depart to or from the Isle of Skye if traveling by ferry. Always take great care to book your ferry as early as possible and get to it as early as possible as it does not wait for anybody. Tarbert can get a little congested at ferry times so take care.

There are a number of sports which can be enjoyed on the Isle of Harris. Golfers will be pleased to hear that Harris has it's own golf course with absolutely astounding views and some unique challenges. Please note there is no golfing on Sundays. If one course isn't enough there is another over in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Of course anglers are catered for extremely well with a number of excellent places to try a spot of fly fishing and sea fishing is to be believed.

Driving around Harris you will notice how popular cycling is on the island. You have to take care as they can sometimes be oblivious to others on the road. Many folk travel in groups to Harris just to cycle together. Other energetic sports to be enjoyed on Harris is the most obvious, walking and climbing. The Harris countryside is all over spectacular, wherever you walk you will be surrounded by the incredible.

Nobody should ever visit the Isle of Harris without spending some of their time on one of the many fantastic beaches found along the west coast of this most beautiful island. Soft silver to gold shell sand can be seen stretching off into the distance, often without a sole to be seen.

If you are planning a vacation to the Hebrides this year and are thinking of spending some time on the Isle of Harris then you need to consider what type of accommodation you will be staying in and where on the island you will base your vacation. If you plan to spend most of your time taking in the scenery and relaxing on the beach then self catering in South Harris might just be the perfect solution. However if you would not like to be bothered by such things as cooking and you would like to spend some time visiting Harris then a hotel or guest house in Tarbert may be more suitable. Whichever you choose you will find the accommodation to be of the highest quality.

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