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If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors then the Isle of Harris maybe the destination of choice for your getaway. In the north western corner of the Outer Hebrides, a group of Scottish islands that stretches for over 100 miles, the Isle of Harris is the largest of all the islands and is joined to the neighbouring Isle of Lewis.     

Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris still retains its traditional charm and way of life, which is what makes this island so unique and attractive. The road signs are in Gaelic and many of the friendly locals speak the language, while all the shops still close on a Sunday. Most people visit the Isle of Harris for its peaceful surroundings, the beaches and outdoor activities like walking, cycling, fishing and boat trips. 

The main port and the capital village is Arbert that has a ferry terminal to the mainland, there are some small shops here and it makes the ideal base from which to explore the island from. The Isle of Harris is known for its famous Harris tweed and you’ll find lots of shops selling unique products that make perfect souvenirs. 

You’ll have to share this stunning scenery with the other residents of the island that are the amazing wildlife, you could spot otters, eagles, seals and even dolphins, while deer tend to stay on the high ground in the summer but can also be spotted near Ardhasaig and Ardvoulie.   

If you’re looking to sample some history of the Isle of Arran you’ll find some amazing sights in Whiting Bay like the burial mound at King Cross, while there you should also take in the amazing walks to Glenashdale falls or Giants Grave. Kildonan Castle in the village of Kildonan is worth a visit as is the Pladda lighthouse and nature lovers will be amazed by the basking seals on the shores of Plassa island. The village of Machrie is home to artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as hut circles and standing stones that can be found on Machrie Moor, while there are also castle ruins in the southern part of Lochranza village. 

Golfing enthusiasts will be surprised to learn that there are great golf courses on the Isle of Arran including one of Europe’s two 12 hole golf courses in Blackwaterfoot, while the golf course in Whiting Bay has amazing views over the bay.

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Hotel Hebrides
Hotel Hebrides

In the heart of the Hebrides, this boutique-style hotel offers individually designed en suite bedrooms all with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee and DVD players. The Pierhouse Restaurant offers a fine menu of modern Scottish cuisine. Mote Lounge Bar has an extensive selection of whiskies and traditional Scottish music. Luskentyre beach, voted the 8th most beautiful beach in the world (Lost Planet), is only 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Hebrides.
Ceol Na Mara Guest House
Ceol Na Mara Guest House

This peaceful guest house has beautiful views over Loch Kindebig and is 5 minutes from Tarbet Ferry Terminal. It offers free Wi-Fi and breakfasts made with local produce. Ceol na Mara is well located for exploring the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis. Stornoway is a 45-minute drive away and Luskentyre Beach is 20 minutes by car. It has relaxing guests lounges and a sun deck with stunning views of the sea loch. Bedrooms at Ceol na Mara have a flat-screen TV, organic toiletries and a silent fridge.





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