ISLE OF HARRIS– Na Hearadh
Collam Villa self catering provides a great location to access all of the outdoor activities that the Isle of Harris has to offer. With storage space for walking, climbing and sports gear as well as drying areas outside and in, you won’t find yourself tripping over your own sporting equipment.
The Isle of Harris has some of the most beautiful beaches not only in the Outer Hebrides but arguably in the whole world. The unpolluted golden beaches of the west coast of Harris are a fantastic destination for families as well as fans of water sports. Beaches such as Seilebost, Luskentyre, Nisabost, Scarista and Northton provide fantastic opportunities for relaxation and fun. Each beach on the Isle of Harris has its own character. Whether your idea of a day out is building sandcastles, swimming or windsurfing, Harris has a beach that is perfect for your needs.
Walking in the Isle of Harris can provide some of the most stunning views available in the Western Isles. Whether it’s climbing the Clisham – the largest peak in the Outer Hebrides, taking a trail from Hushinish across to Uig in the Isle of Lewis, or simply walking along the coastal edges of the island, then the Isle of Harris provides walks for all levels of experience. You can crisscross Harris or climb its peaks gaining spectacular views east to the Isle of Skye, North to Lewis and south to North Uist. Guided walks are available and times are posted in Tarbert tourist information centre. Collam Villa provides OS maps of the Isle of Harris, Isle of Lewis as well as books and booklets on popular walks.
The Isle of Harris has some of the best scenery for enjoying your cycling although it does test cyclists with its hills in the North. The coast roads south and east however are much gentler and in the case of the west coast mainly flat. Cycling in Harris is the perfect way to travel the Island and still be able to stop of on a whim whenever you want to take photographs, drink from a stream or admire the scenery that Harris offers.
In Scarista Golf course, the Isle of Harris boasts one of the world’s most scenic courses. Lauded in golfing magazines for its views, it has had famous faces playing on it such as Bernard Gallagher and Ronan Rafferty and every year locals and visitors play for the Faldo fiver, signed and donated by Nick Faldo after playing the course. This 9 hole course is simply superb and provides amazing vantage points of the west coast of Harris from every hole. Just don’t get stuck in the rough.
Windsurfing / Surfing / Beach kiting and Coasteering
The superb Atlantic beaches of the Isle of Harris as well as the west coast of the Isle of Lewis draw surfers from around the globe and are gaining in popularity. You can choose heavy rollers for surfing, larger expanses of sea for getting top speeds out of your sails or kite or even the sand under your kite buggy. Collam Villa has sufficient storage to hold your Surf boards, Kites, wetsuits and sports equipment when you relax in the evening.
On the Isle of Harris and Lewis, fresh water fishing for salmon and trout, as well as sea angling, is also highly popular and of the highest quality. There are hundreds of small lochs which can be fished and many are free to the angler. For some of the better or managed lochs, Local day passes can be purchased. Many tourists enjoy beach casting but in the latter days of the summer the rocky East of Harris is the perfect location for catching your dinner from the sea. The clear, pollution free Hebridean waters, also produce some of the best seafood in the UK which can be purchased locally. Collam Villa provides rods for use during your stay and sink facilities to clean your catch.
Part of the parish of the Isle of Harris and lying offshore into the Atlantic, the remarkable deserted Island of St Kilda, a World Heritage Site, is a major once in a lifetime attraction which can be reached by day boat from Leverburgh in Harris, subject to weather conditions.
The Islands of St Kilda are situated 41 miles due west of the small Island of Pabbay in the Sound of Harris. They are so well documented that they need little introduction. These dramatic volcanic islands boast the highest sea cliffs in the UK as well as being the single most important sea bird breeding station in North West Europe. Subsequently St. Kilda has been recognised as a double World Heritage Site due the islands historical & ecological significance. Should you or your family / group be interested in a trip to St. Kilda whilst visiting the Isle of Harris then please let us know when you book or contact www.seaharris.co.uk