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We need more housing

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Our Housing Needs Survey has now closed. Thank you to all those that took the time to respond. We received 62 responses, which gives us some good evidence to prove to funders that we need more homes in North Harris and Scalpay.

The old Scalpay Care Unit – now two family homes

We want to build on the success of the Scalpay Care Unit project to build homes that will retain young people and families in the community. The survey highlighted the need for starter homes for young people looking to move out of the family home. There were also those with growing families that need more space.

In addition to meeting the needs of the local community, we aim to attract new people to the area. 55% of respondents were from outside the estate, with surveys returned from South Harris and Lewis as well as over the Minch.

One interesting fact was the number of people looking for rental property that had not registered with HHP – the local social landlord. A large portion of these were from the young people looking for first homes. These responses contributed to 60% of surveys requesting 2 bed properties. 20% of preferences were for 3 bed properties.

The survey also highlighted the two big issues facing people looking for housing. The housing market is Harris is limited, with little availability or choice. Secondly, cost is the most common barrier stated. Whilst prices are still low here compared to the mainland, wages are also low meaning that many properties are not affordable to the local community.

The data gained from this survey will now be fed into the Feasibility Study that is underway to develop a number of houses at Ardvourlie. We hope to have the results of that study in April. Should this be favourable, we hope to submit a full bid to the Rural Housing Fund to secure a slice of their £25M for affordable homes in rural Scotland.

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Job Opportunity: Ranger

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Busy Week at NHT!!

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It has been a busy week here at NHT so far with our AGM on Monday night and a helicopter deer count taking place across the Estate. Fortunately the weather held out just long enough for us to successfully carry out the count. Thanks are due to PDG Aviation Services and Scottish Natural Heritage for their assistance and expertise in helping us get a good picture size of the Red Deer Herd. Below are a few pictures captured during the flights.


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North Harris Trust & Trading Company AGM 25th February 2019

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North Harris Trust 2019 Guided Walks Programme

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We are pleased to release our progamme of guided walks for the 2019 season which will begin on 7th April with walks of all levels there is something for everyone.

We hope that you will be able to join our Ranger Daryll at some point over the season to enjoy spectacular landscape of North Harris.

North Harris Trust 2019 Guided Walks Programme

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2 Bedroom Property Available for Rent in Tarbert

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We are now accepting applications for the tenancy of Flat 2 Tigh An Urrais, a 2-bedroom property above our office in Tarbert. The monthly rental for the flat is £273.15 (exclusive of rates and utilities).

Application forms can be downloaded from the link below or obtained from the North Harris Trust office. Completed applications must be returned to the North Harris Trust or emailed to no later than 5pm on Friday 8th March 2019


North Harris Trust Tenancy Application, Flat 2 Tigh an Urrais, Tarbert

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AGM Notice 25th February 2019

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Biking trails?

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The North Harris Trust is proposing to build some mountain biking trails in a few locations around North Harris. The trails will be purpose-built for mountain biking and will be graded for difficulty like ski runs.

Mountain biking is extremely popular in the UK with Scotland rated as one of the best destinations in the world for the sport. Mountain biking is worth millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy annually and has helped small scale regeneration of some local economies.

There are numerous riders on Harris and Lewis both young and old. This number swells during the summer months. Traditionally people have ridden the estate paths until the mountain bike trails in Lews Castle grounds were built in 2014. These trails have proven to be a great success with local cyclists and are frequently used by local activity centres and schools to deliver P.E lessons.

Building mountain bike trails in North Harris would be beneficial in many ways including;

  • It would give the local school a new facility to deliver National Curriculum P.E lessons.
  • It would encourage cycling and a healthy lifestyle amongst the local population
  • Provide a boost to local business
  • Be a tourist attraction
  • Take pressure (and potential damage) away from walking paths
  • Potentially create employment
  • Be a venue to hold competitions
  • Provide opportunities for people to develop, progress and achieve success at their chosen level of the sport

We are right at the beginning of this project and we need to find out how much local support there would be for such a project. Please could you spare a couple of minutes to complete the survey  below.


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Mountain of the Month- June 28th

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Join the North Harris ranger service on an amazing walk to the summit of Tiorga Mòr.

The walk will take you up through deserted glens to a pass with amazing views. We will then head up a short section of ridge to the summit.

On the way down we will get some fine views of Sron Uladail, the largest overhanging cliff in the UK.

During the walk we should see some of Harris’s most iconic wildlife– golden and sea eagles, red deer and mountain hares.

Please come prepared for a day in the hills, walking boots are essential.

The walk starts at 10.00 from the track just before Amhuinnsuidhe castle (NB 052 077) off of the B887 road to Hushinish beach.

For more information please contact or 01859 502222



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Mountain of The Month- Oireabhal

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Tuesday 29th May’s  Mountain of the Month walk will be Oireabhal.


We will do an interesting route up, past some beehives with great sections of ridge. After summiting we will drop down steeply through some stunning landscapes.


This will be a challenging route so please come prepared. Bring some sun cream!


Start point is the Eagle Observatory car park at 10am.


For more information please contact 01859 502222 or

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