Harris has its own character – rather wild, very few trees and the sort of white sandy beaches you might see in the Caribbean. You’re surrounded by wildlife and should spot seals, otters, dolphins, Minke whales, thousands of waders at low tide, corncrakes in spring and, soaring above you, white-tailed eagles – the largest UK bird of prey. In the porch you’ll find a telescope for stargazing on clear nights and in winter you may see the Northern Lights.
There’s tartan and tweed indoors, with lots of local art, an open fire in the sitting room presided over by a painting of a sweet Scottie dog, and a second seating area in the dining room with wood-burning stove and Harris tweed curtains. It’s got a cosy, comfortable feel, the kitchen has gear for even elaborate cooking and there are lots of books and games. Bedrooms (one downstairs) are traditional.
Sprawl in the garden on sunny days, or pack a picnic and head for endless fine beaches.