This has to come top of anyone’s list. Just spend the day idling on a beach; have a fine dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants; sleep soundly – and then do it all over again the next day. There’s no need to feel guilty; it’s what the Hebrides are for!
Isle of Harris Distillery
October 2015 saw the opening of the new Isle of Harris Distillery which produces whisky and gin. It is open for tours every day but Sundays and is a welcoming place with a peat fire and great food in the canteen.
Boat trips to St Kilda and some of the other fascinating islands such as the Shiant Isles or the Flannan Isles are a must for any visitor. As long as the weather’s good, you can take a sea trip every day but Sunday during the summer months.
Bird watching and wildlife
Golden and White-tailed (Sea) eagles, puffins, otters, seals, mountain hare, corncrakes, red deer, dolphins and whales can all be seen locally at the appropriate time of year. Some are fairly predictable and turn up routinely at known locations while seeing others requires patience and a certain amount of luck. Alternatively you can join in one of the many walks led by the North Harris Wildlife Ranger.
Don’t ignore the winter months either. October gives the chance of seeing the spectacle of the red deer roaring and rutting in the valleys and there are always over-wintering sea birds to watch in the bleakest months.
Arts and Crafts
There are a large number of studios, potteries and galleries to visit; some of them providing light lunches and snacks. Visit their web sites to check their opening hours:
- In Harris: Finsbay Gallery, Hebscape Gallery & Tearoom, Mission House Studio, Skoon Art and the Willie Fulton Gallery.
- In Lewis: An Lanntair, Blue Pig Gallery, Borgh Pottery, Harbour View Gallery and the ever-popular Morven Gallery.