Incredible beaches on the Scottish Island of Harris and Lewis

The Island of Harris is located North West off the Scottish mainland, in the archipelago of islands called the Outer Hebrides also known as the Western Isles.  Harris can be reached via the Calmac Ferry crossing from Uig on the Isle of Skye to Tarbert on Harris in 1hour 40 minutes.

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Luskentyre Beach voted Britain's best beach but also listed as one of the top ten beaches in the world! ©MDHarding
Luskentyre Beach voted Britain’s best beach but also listed as one of the top ten beaches in the world! ©MDHarding

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations

With most of the beaches in the world being made up of sand, grit, gravel and pebbles there are exceptions of some being made entirely of shells such as Shell Beach in Australia.  The beaches on Harris are predominantly shell sand beaches with a mixture of the two.

Luskentyre Beach

One of the most well known, as one of “Britain’s Best Beaches” is located on the west coast of Harris.

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Seilebost Beach ©MDHarding
Seilebost Beach ©MDHarding

Seilebost sandy beach

While not easily accessed, great views can be captured from the parking bay on the main road.  It is well worth stopping to take a look!

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Bosta, one of the many sandy beaches, Harris. ©MDHarding
Bosta beach home to an Iron Age Settlement, Lewis. ©MDHarding

Scarista Beach

Located on the Atlantic coast looking out towards the Island of Taransay is Scarista Beach. The golden sands can be seen heading off into the distance, at three miles long.

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Isle of Harris - Beaches No7 ©MDHarding(640x427)
Not one of the nicest days in Harris but the hints of turquoise waters can still be seen!

On a clear sunny day it is hard to imagine that you are in Scotland, however even on bleak days the alluring turquoise waters can still be seen!

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Isle of Harris - Beaches No3 ©MDHarding(640x427)
It is hard to believe that this little piece of paradise is part of Scotland!

Most of the beaches are easy to locate and the best way to experience them is by car or perhaps motorhome, waking up to the pristine vistas with the opportunity to take that early morning stroll along a deserted beach, heaven!

Lewis and Harris Beach Destinations: Isle of Harris - Beaches No1 ©MDHarding(640x427)
Scottish weather at it’s best but the scenery is still spectacular!

Have you witnessed the Caribbean waters of the Scottish Isles? Walked along the ever stretching golden sands? Was it paradise for you?  If you’ve ever been to any of there Lewis and Harris beach destinations, we would love to hear from you.  Please comment below.  Happy Travels x

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