Hotels in Harris
Despite being part of the island of Lewis and Harris, Harris is often referred to as an independent island and is revered for its extraordinary, unspoilt natural scenery. If you're looking to escape the crowds, enjoy the fresh Atlantic air, and witness some of the world's most spectacular sandy beaches, without the humidity and business of places like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, this is the place to go.
The island, whose residents are often referred to as 'Hearach', is very close to the Gulf Stream, which distributes warm waters thousands of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, keeping much of Western Europe considerably milder in the winter than other locations on the same latitude. This breathtaking wilderness also features some of the world's oldest rocks, which are estimated to be around three billion years old and were formed when Scotland and much of northern Europe were glaciated.
The beaches of Harris
Harris is home to many remarkable sandy beaches, which are exceptionally clean due to the absence of industrial activity and relatively low number of visitors to the area. Some of the most photogenic beaches include Borve Beach, Huisinis Beach and Horgabost Beach, although there are plenty more to visit that are within easy reach of Harris hotels.
Other places of interest
Tarbert, the main ferry port in Harris, is well known for its Harris Tweed clothing and is an embarking point for various boat trips to other islands in the Outer Hebrides. From Tarbert, you can take a ferry trip to the formidable island of St Kilda, which contains more than a million bird species and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island, which has no permanent residents, is noted for its enormous cliffs and comprises a volcanic archipelago.
Nearby - the Callanish Stones
These stones have stood since the Neolithic period and have survived from Scottish battles over the centuries, thanks to the Outer Hebrides' geographical isolation. The stone circle, which was created around 4, 500 to 5, 000 years ago, was probably for up to 2, 000 years or so, and was immortalised in the successful Academy Award-winning film Brave (2012).
For an unforgettable experience in a majestic Victorian building, book a stay at the Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Hotel and enjoy superb views of the Atlantic coastline. Other excellent hotels in the area includes the comfortable, friendly Rodel Hotel and the welcoming, boutique venue known as The Old School House.
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