Hebridean Way Cycling Route Section D: Berneray to Tarbert (Harris)

Berneray, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BJ

Type:Hebridean Way Cycling Route

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Harris: Horgabost beach
  • Harris: Horgabost beach
  • Sound of Harris ferry
  • Harris: Cyclist passing beach
  • Harris: cyclist on west coast
  • Harris: Single track road
  • Harris: cyclists looking at view of Horgabost beach

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After the ferry ride across the Sound of Harris, where you may catch sight of seals basking  on the skerries, the route heads up the west side of South Harris with magnificent views out across sandy beaches to Taransay and the North Harris Hills. You will definitely want to linger awhile perhaps stopping off for a bite to eat at the Anchorage or Talla na Mara. There are plenty of places to get down onto the beaches, but if you turn off the main road and ride down to Luskentyre, you will come to Tràigh Rosamul, which is perhaps the most famous with fine views and equally fine toilets.

The next part of the route consists of a steady climb on a new section of carriageway through the ‘lunar’ landscape of the interior of South Harris. If you want to extend your ride, you can drop down either of the minor roads that lead down to the rocky Bays area of South Harris and ride into Tarbert that way. Otherwise stick with the main road and enjoy the unfolding views across The Minch to Skye and the Scottish mainland.  Tarbert is the main port and village on Harris, with two hotels - Harris Hotel and Hotel Hebrides down by the pier - and plenty of places to enjoy local food, buy Harris Tweed and visit the Harris Distillery. You can take the tour of the distillery and buy some Harris gin, but you’ll have to wait awhile to sample the whisky.



  • By Cycle
  • Route Information - Connection Transport - 1 ferry
  • Route Information - Route Status - Main Route
  • Route Information - Terrain - Single and Double Track Roads

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What's Nearby

  1. Close to the ferry terminal lie the slight remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to…

    0.09 miles away
  2. Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

    0.12 miles away
  3. A large seal with a forehead and less spots than the Harbour Seal. Males can be up to 3.3…

    0.12 miles away
  1. Cladh Maolrithe

    At Beinn a'Chlaidh - Hill of the Graveyard - there is a standing stone.

    0.46 miles away
  2. Giant Mackaskill Monument is located ti the South of Berneray.

    1.1 miles away
  3. Seal viewing point

    1.26 miles away
  4. Loch Bhurigh is easily accessible from the machair to the south of the island.

    1.26 miles away
  5. These two converted blackhouses now form the Berneray hostel site of the Gatliff Trust…

    1.44 miles away
  6. This is a large, heavy-billed diver can resemble a goose, especially in flight.

    1.47 miles away
  7. A truly stunning beach and was voted in 2021 as no. 3 in Lonely Planet's Top 20 Best…

    1.58 miles away
  8. Berneray and the nearby island of Pabbay lie in the Sound of Harris between North Uist…

    1.77 miles away
  9. The remains of a stronghold occupy the whole of a tiny islet in the middle of the tidal…

    1.79 miles away
  10. Ben Ghainche is a small hill situated at the north end of the beach at Bearsdaire

    2.23 miles away
  11. The Sound of Harris ferry runs between Berneray and Leverburgh. The route meanders round…

    3.16 miles away
  12. Clachan Sands beach is a stunning white sandy beach which is accessible via the village…

    3.32 miles away
  13. Rare flower found only in North Uist!

    3.88 miles away
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