Turquoise waters of Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris.

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Luskentyre is one of the biggest and most beautiful beaches in Scotland, famed for its acres of low-tide white sands and turquoise waters. A minor road leads along the northern side of the bay to a parking area beside an ancient graveyard; from here you can walk west along the beach or through the grassy dunes with gorgeous views across the sea to the island of Taransay.

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1. Talla na Mara

2.22 MILES

Opened in 2017 as a community enterprise, this beautiful modern building houses several artists' studios and an exhibition space that displays works…

2. Isle of Harris Distillery

5.52 MILES

This distillery started production in 2015, so its first batch of single malt whisky will be ready in 2019; meanwhile, it's producing Isle of Harris gin,…

3. Clò Mòr


The Campbell family has been making Harris tweed for 90 years, and this exhibition (behind the family shop) celebrates the history of the fabric known in…

4. Seallam! Visitor Centre

7.09 MILES

The culture and landscape of the Hebrides are celebrated in the fascinating exhibition at Seallam! Visitor Centre (Seallam is Gaelic for ‘Let me show you’…

5. Leverburgh

7.77 MILES

The village of Leverburgh is named after Lord Leverhulme (creator of Sunlight Soap, and founder of Unilever), who bought Lewis and Harris in 1918. He had…

6. St Clement’s Church

9.42 MILES

At the southernmost tip of the east coast of Harris stands the impressive 16th-century St Clement’s Church, built by Alexander MacLeod of Dunvegan between…

7. Taigh Chearsabhagh

20.76 MILES

Taigh Chearsabhagh is a museum and arts centre that preserves and displays the history and culture of the Uists, and is also a thriving community centre,…

8. Uig Museum

22.48 MILES

This small community museum, housed in the local school, has lots of info on the Lewis chess pieces (discovered nearby in 1831) and on other historic…