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Scarista House - Hotel in Western Isles

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Scarista, Isle of Harris, HS3 3HX, Western Isles
Scotland, United Kingdom

Patricia & Tim Martin

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+44 (0)1859 550238 (landline)

If you’ve never been to the Outer Hebrides, it’s time you came - and where else to stay than this lovely house on magnificent Harris

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All you need to know is this: Harris is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Beaches of white sand that stretch for a mile or two are not uncommon. If you bump into another soul, it will be a delightful coincidence, but you shouldn’t count on it. The water is turquoise, coconuts sometimes wash up on the beach. The view from Scarista is simple and magnificent: field, ridge, beach, water, sky. Patricia and Tim are the kindest people. Their home is island heaven: peat fires, rugs on painted floors, books everywhere, a first-floor drawing room that floods with Harris light. Country-house bedrooms have warm colours and stylish bathrooms. There are walking sticks and wellington boots to help you up the odd hill, then a set of golf clubs by the front door in case you wish to play (the view from the first tee is one of the best in the game). Kind staff may speak Gaelic. The food is exceptional, perhaps quail with an armagnac mousse, Harris langoustine with garlic and butter, tarte tatin with cinnamon ice cream. Don’t miss Uig Sands or the standing stones at Callanish. A perfect place.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Patricia & Tim Martin:

Local points of interest from
Patricia & Tim Martin:

  • One of the most beautiful beaches in the world is just across the road where the brave can swim - it can be a bit chilly! Or you can just enjoy a stroll, watch the terns and oyster catchers, maybe even spot an otter - you will certainly see their tracks.
  • The world famous Harris Golf Club, where Nick Faldo has played, is just up the hill. Put £10 in the honesty box and go round as often as you like. You'll probably find as many balls as you lose.
  • Harris is a walker's paradise: expansive sandy beaches; way-marked paths for the novice; miles of remote hills and mountains for the more adventurous to explore on your own or with a guide.
  • No visit to Harris would be complete without a visit to a weaver. Donald John MacKay MBE famously created a unique tweed for Nike and he's happy to give demonstrations and sell you lengths of his gorgeous cloths. We will show where to buy finished items.
  • Harris & Lewis are dotted with standing stones and ancient archaeological sites, most of which haven't been excavated. We will show you our favourites.
  • Harris is well placed for exploring all the other islands of the Outer Hebrides, including St Kilda. We can give you details of private boat trips or you can use the excellent wee CalMac ferries which visit each of the inhabited islands.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"A return visit after going there last year. A fabulous place with excellent hospitality, a beautiful room and food of superb quality. Couldn't ask for more, other than it being nearer home!!"


September 2015
"Cannot fault this hotel. The standard of the comfort, service and welcome is exceptionally high. The meals are a delight. We will return."

Pat - Isle of Mull, United Kingdom

September 2015
"A perfect oasis of welcoming informal but delightfully organised comfort & wonderful locally sourced food. Best beach ever despite the rain. A relaxing home from home where chatting to other guests in front of raring fires is the norm. We spent 1 night but wanted to spend a month. Expensive but value for money. Alastair S was visiting the night after we stayed! "
May 2014

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
  • , 2 Suites for 2
  • , 1 Family room for 4
Price:(i) £207 to£245 per night

Singles £153.

Booking info:

Pets by arrangement.


Dinner, 3 courses, £44. Packed lunch from £7.50.


Christmas, New Year, 1 January to 28 February.


Scarista, Isle of Harris, HS3 3HX, Western Isles

Hotel 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 213 to £ 245 per night
Hotel 1 Twin room
Price: (i) £ 207 to £ 225 per night
Hotel 2 Suites, each sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 233 to £ 245 per night
Hotel 1 Family room, sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 233 to £ 245 per night

Patricia & Tim Martin

Visit website

+44 (0)1859 550238 (landline)