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Self Catering Cottage Isle of Harris

Location

Location

Number4 is located on the B887 in the hamlet of Bunavoneader 4 miles north of Tarbert and 33 miles south of Stornoway.

A tall brick chimney and some ruined buildings along the shore in Bunavoneader are all that remains of a whaling station which ceased operation in the mid-20th Century. Today, the bay is home to otters, herons and at certain times of year, seals. You may also be lucky enough to see golden eagles soaring above the bay.

The road to Huisinis is a spectacular drive along a mostly single track road with views across West Loch Tarbert to Beinn Dubh and Taransay. There is a tennis court on the edge of Bunavoneader, an Eagle Observatory at Meavaig, a castle at Amhuinnsuidhe (with honesty shop in the summer selling estate produce and ice cream). At the end of the road there is a beach and views across to Scarp from the jetty. You can walk along a cliff path to Traigh Mheilen and Loch Cravadale.

Landscape and Beaches

The North Harris hills are accessible from the house and information about routes for all grades of walks are provided in Number4. An Cliseam (The Clisham) at 799m is the highest point in the Outer Hebrides and there are spectacular views from the summit to Lewis in the North, South Harris and, on a clear day, St Kilda in the West. Much of the North Harris hills are wild and unspoilt providing habitat for a large number of golden eagles and red deer. Sea eagles, red grouse and mountain hares are also found.

The west coast of Harris, south of Tarbert, is justifiably renowned for its spectacular beaches and seascapes. Luskentyre and Rosamol beaches are a 20 minute drive from Number4, with Seilebost, Horgabost, Borve and Scarista beaches continuing along the coast down to Northton and Leverburgh.

The centre and east coast of South Harris is, in contrast, a cnoc and lochan terrain where small freshwater lochs can be found in eroded hollows in the rugged Lewisian Gneiss bedrock. The many small bays are home to common and grey seals which can be seen basking on rocks in several places.

Local Facilities

There is a garage and general store in Ardasaig on the A859.

Tarbert has a bank, post office, newsagent and general stores, distillery, hotel restaurants, churches and a public swimming pool, gym and library located in the school.

A variety of sea trips around the coast and nearby islands are available from the marina in Tarbert. Day trips to St Kilda leave from the pier at Leverburgh.

There are a number of art galleries in Harris and a craft market of locally made goods is regularly held in Tarbert.

A mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, visits Tarbert every few months, showing the latest films.

Lews Castle in Stornoway has a museum, including some of the Lewis Chessmen, cafe and woodland walks.

Tesco and Co-op supermarkets are located in Stornoway along with a range of other shops and An Lanntair, a cinema and arts centre opposite the ferry terminal.

Regular bus services around the islands operate from Tarbert and Stornoway.

Note – the majority of shops and businesses are closed on Sundays in both Harris and Lewis.

Travel to the Isle of Harris

Caledonian Macbrayne operate a daily car ferry service from:

  • Uig (Isle of Skye) to Tarbert in Harris; or
  • Ullapool (North-West Highlands) to Stornoway in Lewis; or
  • Bernaray, (off the coast of North Uist) to Leverburgh in Harris

Loganair operate daily flights to Stornoway airport where car hire can be arranged.