The scenery is made up of miles of white sandy beaches, acres of machair, rich in wild flowers, rugged hills and Moorland carpeted with heather.
Although geographically one island, Lewis and Harris are effectively
divided by the high range of hills along their border. The Moor of Lewis
giving way to the hills of Harris dominated by the Clisham, the highest
mountain in the Western Isles at 2600ft.

Self Catering Cottage

Footprints at Scarista


Harris, being quite remote and sparsely populated, makes it a haven for all forms of life, be it wild flowers, birds, mammals or sea creatures.
Look up; you may see a golden eagle circling overhead. Walking along the shore you will often see seals and porpoise feeding as the tide comes in, and gannets diving for fish.

Sit a while and discover you are not alone !

MaCleod's Stone


Archaeology has shown that the islands have been populated for at over 5000 years, with generations leaving behind fascinating ruins and artefacts for you to stumble across. Standing stones like the Macleod’s stone shown in the image opposite, looks out to the Isle of Taransay where another is placed looking back towards Scarista's own stone, forming a trianglular formation.

Mission house


Being so remote, local people have always developed their own style of art and craftwork, and its not hard to understand where they draw there influences, living and working in such a beautiful location with its ever changing moods and rugged landscapes, its white sandy beaches, the turquoise of the ocean and its colourful bloom of machair and heathers. Because of this it has also drawn many fine artists to the islands of whom some have remained to soak up its atmosphere, influencing their work.

Scarista sunset surf


If you like outdoor activities, then the Outer Hebrides is for you.
Whether it's coastal kayaking, surfing, climbing, a boat trip to the Isle of St Kilda, fishing trips or a game of golf at the world famous nine hole links golf course at Scarista, it's not hard to find some excitement.

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