Stuff to See and Do

Here are a few suggestions of things to do and places to visit.


There is a splendid choice of art galleries mainly on the east side of the island, including Skoon, Holmasaig, Finsbay, Ardbuie, and the Mission House. On the west side we have Sparrow House and the Harris Art gallery.


Bill Lawson’s genealogy centre Seallam! is a fascinating place to learn about the diaspora of Harris and St.Kilda.

Whisky and Gin

You can book tours of the Isle of Harris distillery, it’s a very personal tour led by local guides, who will tell you about the distillery’s story as well as the spirits it makes (shameless declaration of interest!). The distillery has a cafe serving freshly homemade delicious cakes and scones, open 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Borrisdale Tweed

Borrisdale Tweed designs, manufactures and retails exclusive homewares and accessories based on locally woven Harris Tweed by our neighbours in Borrisdale.


Andrew offers sea kayaking adventures around the island, including the opportunity to explore the Sound of Harris.

Angus and his team offer a variety of boat trips around Harris and out to nearby islands such as the Shiants.

Of course the ultimate experience is the legendary visit to St. Kilda, with both Sea Harris and Kilda Cruises departing Leverburgh when weather allows. An absolute must-do if time allows. 

If you want to explore the hills of Harris and discover the wildlife, the North Harris Trust ranger service offers guided walks from May to October.

If you are interested in guided cold-water swimming, contact Immerse Hebrides who offer groups for both beginners and more experienced sea swimmers on Harris.

Mission House Studio in Finsbay -
Photo courtesy of Isle of Harris Distillery