Nestled in a valley where North and South Harris meet, and set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, the island’s main settlement of Tarbert serves as focal point and transport hub for the area.
Tarbert harbour is the island’s main ferry terminal and also serves as the muster point for boat tours to the outlying Shiant islands, home to colonies of puffins and razor bills, as well as charters of travellers’ choosing.
The settlement itself offers a wide range of facilities from tourist information to post office and banking as well as access to a great selection of places where visitors can while away a little bit of time.
Take a tour of the Harris Tweed shop to see and purchase products of this important island industry (weaving demonstrations can be organised in advance for groups or tours) or head for West Tarbert where Black Lab Photos and Frames offers a fine selection of framed island scenes – perfect for those who want help to hang on to memories of their Harris holiday.
If all the exploring has worked up an appetite, head for the First Fruits Tearoom in Tarbert, where a friendly reception and a great selection of hot and cold refreshments await for all the family.
Choose a stay at the contemporary chic four-star boutique Hotel Hebrides in the heart of this harbour settlement, or opt for the nearby family run Harris Hotel which has been welcoming holidaymakers to the island for over a century.
Whether Tarbert is the first, last or simply one of many stops on your Hebridean holiday, this area offers many exciting opportunities to make great island memories.
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