Into Remotest North Harris: An adventure by boot and boat..
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.
A mini bus drives approximately 20 minutes to Amhuinnsuidhe where the walk to Dirascal will begin.
‘Wild Harris’ will take you on an 10km historic route starting at Cloister Dam which once supplied Harris with much of its electricity in years gone by. The walk goes North through the desolate beauty of rugged Gleann Uladail, passing very close to the famous overhanging rock of Sron Ulladal. The walk continues towards the small village of Dirascal where passengers can explore the ruins of the small village; deserted blackhouses and shepherds’ bothies while waiting for the boat.
Meet the Isle of Harris Sea Tours team at Dirascal, taking the boat from there out of Loch Reasort to alight on Scarp and explore the abandoned village. Passengers will get approximately 1 and a half hours to explore this beautiful island and are welcomed to have their packed lunch here.
Finally, relax on the 1 hour cruise back to West Loch Tarbert with stunning views of the Harris hills and Taransay on the way. Passengers will return 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
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.