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The Isle of Scalpay is connected to the Isle of Harris by a bridge built in 1997,  making this beautiful little island accessible from the main Hebridean Islands of  both Harris and Lewis. The beautiful, white sandy beaches of South Harris are within easy access, while Tarbert, and all it has to offer, is only 7 miles away.

The main ferry port on Harris is at Tarbert. The ferry leaves Uig on Skye and takes 1 hour 40 mins.

Both Harris and Lewis can be reached by ferry while Stornoway in Lewis has an airport.

You can also cross from Ullapool to Stornoway taking 2 hours 30 mins. Then enjoy the beautiful drive through Lewis and Harris.

Eilean Glas Lighthouse, Scalpay, Isle of Harris


There are flights to Stornoway from Inverness (40 mins), Edinburgh and Glasgow (1 hour).

Road from Stornoway to Isle of Harris
Calmac ferry

Car Hire in Stornoway:

 These routes are very busy in peak season April - September . It is essential to book in advance particularly when traveling with a vehicle.

Dirascal Cottage Annex sign

On arrival in Tarbert by ferry from Uig, Isle of Skye, leave the terminal following the one way system through Tarbert village. Follow the signs for Scalpay (Scalpaigh) continuing on the road for approximately 5 miles, most of which will be single track with passing places (and perhaps some cows and sheep). You will then see the Scalpay bridge.

Sunrise over Isle of Scalpay Bridge from Tarbert on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrid

After crossing the bridge, at the T-junction turn left and continue on this road past North Harbour Bistro, the school and play park, here the road bears left. Continue up the hill and on the right, just before the small white church, you will find Dirascal, hidden behind willow trees.

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