South Lewis & Harris – Horgabost

This scenic tour takes us southwards from Stornoway down the length of the Long Island through a stunning landscape of lochs and open peat moorlands. Driving through the beckoning hills of North Harris we’ll head to the golden sands of Horgabost in South Harris.

Other coach tours available.

credit pictures:

Tarbert, Horgabost Flowers –  © Malcolm Macleod
Luskentyre – © Mairi M. Martin


In North Harris we may take a photo stop amidst breathtaking mountain scenery before passing under the shadow of the Clisham, at 799 metres the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides. Golden eagles breed in this wild and rugged land, and sometimes sea eagles are spotted here. Descending to the main settlement of Tarbert, we take time to explore this small ferry port, with its Harris Tweed shop, distillery and other local shops.

Continuing onwards we come to the glorious sandy coastline of South Harris, famous for its aquamarine waters and unrivalled beaches. Our route here is on a lovely winding single-track road dotted with crofting villages until we finally make our way to Horgabost. Here we park on the ‘machair’, a distinctive dune grassland filled with wild flowers in the spring and early summer. There we can stroll on the shell-sand beach. From here there are exquisite views across turquoise waters to the Isle of Taransay, made so memorable by the BBC’s ‘Castaway 2000’ television series. We return to Stornoway via the same main route.

is included

  • coach hire
  • local guide
  • subject to individual pricing regarding requirements

isn't included

  • refreshments
Is this tour suitable for people with a walking disability?

It depends. Most of the attractions are not suitable for wheelchairs or other walking aids. The ground is usually uneven due to the nature of the place. If you are able to walk we would recommend to have at least one person to be with you and also a walking stick for more security.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?

Unfortunately the main attractions are unsuitable to visit with a wheelchair. You will, however, be able to see the attractions from the coach and our guides usually give a brief overview before arriving at a site

Do I need special clothing?

We recommend weatherproof clothing as the weather can change very fast. Depending on the season you might experience rain and cold winds at times

Do I need to bring walking boots?

We highly recommend decent footwear. Flipflops or sandals are not the right footwear to visit these attractions. If you have walking or hiking boots it would be an advantage as the ground can be slippery and muddy at times

What is the weather like?

The weather is highly unpredictable. We are in Scotland after all 🙂 . You might start in the rain at the harbour and arrive in bright sunshine on the west coast. Or vice versa. We always recommend that you dress in layers and bring a wind- and rainproof jacket just in case.

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South Lewis & Harris – Horgabost