Into Remotest North Harris: An adventure by boat and boot..
This unique opportunity to discover Scarp and Dirascal for yourself is made possible by a new collaboration between celebrated local businesses Isle of Harris Sea Tours and Wild Harris. A certain level of fitness is required for this walk. Please see Wild Harris Medium Wild Walk for more information.
Immerse yourself in the wildlife and culture of this place. Walk a day in the boots of the Hearaich, who, less than a century ago, would have travelled these islands mostly on foot or by boat. The healthy, hardy population was surviving in every inaccessible corner of Harris, including offshore islands such as Scarp and Taransay. In fact, the population in Scarp grew so large that people were moved to even remoter spots such as Dirascal, a tiny settlement on the shore of beautiful Loch Reasort, where families built their own houses from the stones they found there, and worked a living from the land and sea on their doorsteps.
We depart the pier at West Loch Tarbert, parking can be found here.
We take an hours cruise to the island of Scarp, going ashore to soak in the atmosphere of a once well populated island. Passengers will get approximately 1 and a half hours to explore this beautiful island.
From there, heading North, penetrate the true wilderness of fjord-like Loch Reasort to seek out the small deserted settlements of blackhouse ruins and shepherds’ bothies in Dirascal. Passengers are welcomed to their packed lunch here.
Here the boat will leave you in the capable company of ‘Wild Harris’ who will guide you, showing you eagles and red deer as you trek the 10km back through the hills to the present day. Passengers will be passing very close to the famous Sron Ulladal and onward to the Cloister Dam which once supplied Harris with much of its electricity in years gone by.
From here the mini bus will transport you back to the meeting point in West Loch Tarbert for approximately 5.30pm.
We have allowed a two day window for this trip in case of inclement weather, i.e., if we are unable to travel on the first day then we will have a second day to have another opportunity to travel, so please make sure you will be available for the two days.
The trips itinerary can be found here.
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Dates available – Tuesday 23rd May, Tuesday 6th June, Tuesday 27th June
Tour duration – 8.5 hours (approx)
Depart – 9.00am from pier at West Loch Tarbert
Return – 5.30pm back to West Loch Tarbert
Cost – £140 adults only.
What’s included: Tea, coffee, soft drinks and home baking.