Where to Stay & Eat on the Isle of Harris

Where to Stay

Na Bothain Wigwams

Sandy Bay Croft Wigwams® are located on a working croft on the West coast of the Isle of Harris.  Two Wigwam cabins sleep up to four adults.  Each cabin has its own picnic table as well as a mini Broch, where you can light your own firepit and BBQ. With views to die for and a fabulous location, this is one of my favourite places to stay on the island!

Sound of Harris

Two separate adjoined units (The Big House and The Other House), self-catering in one of the quietest and dramatic spots on Harris. The seaward facing lookout to uninterrupted coastal views. Each is based around a light and spacious open plan kitchen/living/dining area linked to a single en-suite bedroom with king-size bed. 

Sound of Harris is situated in Borrisdale, close to the southern tip the island at Renish Point, about three miles from the port of Leverburgh.

La’al Bothy 

The Bothy is a traditionally built one bedroomed cottage situated to the side of the owners’ home, built by themselves, Alan & Ellen McDougall. It is situated in the small coastal village of Scarista on the stunning west coast and overlooks one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches around.

Ideal for couples or small family groups. A modern interior, open plan space, wood-burning stove, king-size four-poster bed with overhead bunks, and the living room sofa transforms into two bunks, so there are plenty of options for sleeping arrangements.

Ceol na mara guest house 

Ceol na Mara is a luxury, guest house, located only a few minutes by car from the Tarbert Ferry Terminal. Within a few minutes drive are several fine restaurants, yet is surrounded by croft land. This is a secluded, quiet place to stay with wonderful views over the sea loch. I have stayed a few times and loved it each time. 

Where To Eat

Croft 36

Croft 36 is a real find on the island -Specialising in produce from the Hebrides including seafood, rabbit, mutton and venison.

Meals are available in the shack for your own collection, along with pies and homemade bread rolls, patisserie style baking which includes bread, tarts, quiche and cakes, with some gluten-free or vegetarian. Operating on an honesty box system just drop in and see what’s there, but don’t leave it too late as everything usually sells out!


Flavour are caterers with a difference run by Chris & Nicola. They can cater in-house for you for private occasions and also run pop up restaurants.  Keep an eye on the Flavour Facebook page for the latest info.

The Butty Bus in Leverburgh Butty Bus Facebook

The Butty Bus is something very special! It is a static bus park at Leverburgh by the harbour servings some amazing soups, sandwiches and fish n chips. It is a must to try!

The Temple Cafe in Northton

Northton’s Temple Cafe is a firm favourite on the island. This unique and quirky cafe hasvaried and delicious menu. Well worth a visit!

Hotel Hebrides has three options for food:

Pierhouse Restaurant 

Mote Bar 

Try the Pierhouse Restaurant for more formal dining with local produce, the Mote bar is a great place for informal bar food and the takeaway pizza is particularly good if you are looking for a take away!

The Machair Kitchen 

The Machair Kitchen restaurant opened in March 2017 and is operated from Talla na Mara Community Enterprise Centre by Hotel Hebrides. Overlooking the golden sands of Niseaboist beach and the Sound of Taransay, the food is excellent and always something of interest in Talla Na Mara Centre.

Harris Distillery  visit the Harris Distillery

You can also visit the distillery which is located by the shore of East Loch Tarbert and can take a tour of the distillery. The restaurant serves soup and cakes only but I hear the soup is very good and it is a lovely place to eat.


Scarista House is a small hotel that also has an award-winning restaurant.  It’s open to non-residents for dinner, afternoon tea and breakfast. Booking is essential.

The Hebridean Mustard Co

This wonderful mustard company on Harris is a delight. The honesty box system is one of the things that you find dotted about the Scottish Islands.

As you drive between Leverburgh and Northton, you’ll find a blue wooden cabinet at the side of the road … Turn the key and open the door to ‘the wee mustard-hut’!