North Harris is a spectacular area of land located on the Western Isles, an island chain off the North West coast of Scotland. The estate comprises of 64,000 acres of croft land, common grazings, and open hill ground including An Cliseam, the highest peak in the Western Isles and some of the most remote and rugged terrain in Scotland. The combined estate is bounded on three sides by the sea: East and West Loch Tarbert to the south, Caolas an Scarp and Loch Resort to the west, and the long arm of Loch Seaforth to the east. The northern boundary follows a meandering line tracking the Lewis/Harris border from Bogha Glas, on the edge of Loch Seaforth, to the deserted township of Ceann Loch Reasort in the west. Tarbert is the largest settlement in North Harris with excellent facilities for a small place including restaurants, hotels, shops, guest houses and a tourist information centre.
Travelling to North Harris
Ferries – Caledonian MacBrayne runs a daily ferry service between Tarbert and Uig on Skye. There are also a daily ferry services between Uallpool and Stornoway on Lewis and between North Uist and Leverburgh on South Harris. RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) was introduced in Autumn 2008 which has reduced ticket prices by over 40%. Book on line www.calmac.co.uk or by phone: 0800 066 5000.
Flights – The nearest airport is in Stornoway, approximately 40 miles away. Loganair operate daily flights from Stornoway to Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Online http://www.flybe.com/ or by phone: 0871 700200.
Busses – Bus services connecting with ferries from Uig (Skye) and Ullapool are run by Citylink www.citylink.co.uk. There are also good bus services that connect with ferry services within the Western Isles. For timetables contact the Stornoway Bus Station: 01851 704327.
Car Hire – There are a number of different options for Car Hire in Harris/Lewis including Isle of Harris Car Hire (07825 222 020) Arnol Motors (01851 710 548), Stornoway Car Hire (01851 702 658), Car Hire Hebrides (01851 706500) and Lewis Car Rentals (01851 703 760)
There are plenty of B&Bs and self catering cottages scattered throughout North Harris. For budget travellers there is also a bunkhouse in Tarbert. At Reinigidal there is a Hostel in a beautiful remote setting run by the Gatliff Trust. There are also two Hotels in Tarbert: The Harris Hotel and Hotel Hebrides. For more information on accommodation visit the Website of Visit Hebrides.