Scarista House

Isle of Harris, Western Isles
+44 (0)1859 550238
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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


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

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.

You’ll be cosy by peat fires,there are books galore and a first-floor drawing room that floods with light. You’ll find walking sticks and wellington boots to help you up the odd hill and 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.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking the gorgeous beaches with white sand and turquoise water
  • Joining coastal paths
  • The seriously good food
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You should know

  • You can't walk to anything else
  • Eating out anywhere requires careful planning
  • Intermittent WiFi


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas, 1 December - 28 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses, £58. 4 courses, £66. Packed lunch available on request.


Nightly price
from £241
Singles £175-£205. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
2 Doubles
From £246
1 Twin
From £241
2 Suites for 2
From £256
1 Family room for 4
From £266



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!!


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

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!


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The neighbourhood

You're a one and a half hour drive from the airport - or much else really. There's almost no phone signal and no televisions in the house. Which leaves you with wonderful walks, picnics and sea swimming in summer but also kayaking and surfing, hiring bikes for car-free fun, or even visiting the Harris Tweed Company. But mostly this is about staring out of the window, reading books, eating glorious food and feeling very relaxed.

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 £15 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. You can visit him to buy lengths of his gorgeous cloths. We will show you 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 CalMac ferries which visit each of the inhabited islands.


Patricia & Tim Martin

Patricia (very friendly and chatty) and Tim (mostly creating in the kitchen) have owned and run this place for very many years. They love living here and are happy to give suggestions on the best ways to enjoy the island.