Isle Of Harris for vacation holidays in Scotland.
Most people who come to Scotland for a vacation holiday whether for a long weekend or a few weeks tend to go to places such as Edinburgh, Glasgow or the Scottish Highlands. However they are missing out on some of the major attractions of the Scottish isles.
One of the places in Scotland I love to go for a place of rest and recuperation is the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides also known as the Western Isles.
Why visit the Western Isles and Isle of Harris in particular?
I would never say that The Isle of Harris is one of the most popular tourist spots in Britain or even in Scotland. But to me that part of it’s appeal as a vacation holiday spot.
If you are looking for a relaxed place where you can take in the natural beauty and enjoy the far less hectic pace for a few days then I would definitely say that The Isle of Harris and/or other parts of the Western Isles should be on your short list of Scottish Holiday vacations.
The Shores of the Isle of Harris
Although the sandy beaches on the Isle of Harris are recognised as a great place to relax and incidentally are amongst the finest in Scotland or even the UK like many people I prefer to also go inland as well.
That way I can get the best of both worlds. I can get the beach but I can also in addition enjoy the real atmosphere of the island as well.
The Isle of Harris Inland
Going even just a mile or so inland you will enjoy the fantastic landscape and also enjoy the local food and culture. You will find traces of various cultures still in the people and their local traditions. For example you will easily notice how, despite being somewhat diluted over the generations. traces of the Celtic and Norse (Viking) style as well as the Scots who all at times made the Isle of Harris their home. For example you can walk into a local shop and notice people will be speaking Gaelic rather than English. In fact, Scottish Gaelic will be the first language for the majority of the people although English is their 2nd language and widely understood.
I would also point out how proud the locals of the Isle of Harris are of its natural beauty. They will not welcome anyone leaving litter and spoiling the area for other people. Personally I would add that leaving litter is not only unsightly but be dangerous to wildlife as well.
IF you are used to driving on big open freeways or major roads you may be surprised to find that most roads on the isle are single track. To help traffic flow however there are passing points on a regular basis. These passing spaces are designed solely to allow you to pull over and allow the car approaching you or coming up behind wanting to pass safely. I would suggest that you do not use these spaces to park your car whilst you take a walk across country.
if you plan to stay in the area for more than a few days you may like to visit some of the other neighbouring isles as well such as South Uist, North Uist and Lewis all of which offer similar advantages as well.
If you are coming to Scotland for a relaxing time then you will definitely want to include Isle of Harris on your agenda. If you visiting Scotland primarily to visit the larger cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh you should take time out to relax and enjoy the real Scotland as well.
Perhaps spend a week or so in the central belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh with a few days in the western isles to really relax before getting back into the hustle and bustle of the major tourist attractions. I know you will be able to enjoy the rest of your Scottish vacation holiday if you give yourself time out to recuperate as well.