Outer Hebrides
4 stars

'Stac Pollaidh'
Holiday Cottage
Isle of Scalpay - by Harris
Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)

Self Catering Accommodation
Scottish Tourist Board 4 Stars

4 stars

Whether you enjoy walking, birdwatching, painting, photography or just roaming around the wild outdoors, this Hebridean retreat is ideal for romantic breaks or holidays for those wishing to 'get away from it all'.

Nestling on the beautiful island of Scalpay, 'Stac Pollaidh' offers self-catering accommodation for up to 4 people. The property has been recently refurbished and decorated to a high standard.


The cottage includes:
  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 bedroom with bunk beds (suitable for 2 children)
  • 1 shower room with toilet
  • Lounge with plasma screen TV, Sky / DVD and wide selection of books
  • Kitchen with electric stove, microwave, fridge, washing machine/dryer, etc.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electic fire suite
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron/ironing board




October - March: £320 per week
April - September: £350 per week
Electricity, towels and bed linen are included.

no smoking

No smoking throughout
Sorry no pets

[click on photos to enlarge]


Mrs Margaret Morrison
Hirta House
Isle of Harris HS4 3XZ
Tel: 01859 540394
E: hirta.house@gmail.com




The Island of Scalpay
'Rather I had thought of it as a place of beauty so great as to distinguish it even among the long chain of which each individual island is a brilliant jewel'
Gavin Maxwell - 'Harpoon at a Venture'

Scalpay is a thriving fishing community, now accessed by bridge from the neighbouring island of Harris.

Facilities on the island include a fully equipped, well designed play park, a local grocer/newsagent and a post office. Just 5 minutes walk from the house you will find Loch an Duine where brown trout can be caught for supper.

We are easy to reach by car - just 10 minutes drive from Tarbert (ferry from Skye) and less than an hour from Stornoway (ferry from Ullapool and flights from the mainland).

Luskentyre sands

It's only 20 minutes to the marvellous west coast beaches of Luskentyre and Seilebost in South Harris.

Other facilities on Harris include tennis courts, 9 hole golf course, swimming pool, cycle hire, genealogy centre, Harris Tweed weavers, craft shops and places to eat out.


'For grandeur of mountain and sea
I regard Harris as first'

Sir Compton Mackenzie


Scalpay Lighthouse
A circular waymarked walk will take you Eilean Glas lighthouse (built in 1788) on the east coast of Scalpay. The keepers houses (built by Robert Louis Stevenson's grandfather) remain intact. There are breathtaking views across the sea to the Shiants, Skye, Uist and the mainland.

Boat Trips

Local boat trips are operated from Tarbert, Leverburgh and Flodabay. In favourable weather conditions, Kilda Cruises can take you to the Shiant Isles, Flannan Isles, Rona, Monach Isles and St Kilda. Porpoises, seals and puffins can sometimes be seen.
Recently made famous following publication of the book 'Sea Room' by the owner Adam Nicolson, the uninhabited Shiants lie 10 miles off the coast of Scalpay and Harris.
From Leverburgh you can also take the ferry to explore the Isle of North Uist for a day.




Walks on Harris
  • An Clisham - at 2621 feet (799 metres) the highest mountain on Harris
  • Rhenigidale and deserted village of Molinginish
  • The Harris Walkway from Ardvourlie with spectacular views over Loch Seaforth.
  • Walks from Northton up Chaipaval (1000 feet) or across the machair to Rudh'an Teampull (12th century chapel)
  • The coastal walk from Hushinish overlooking Scarp (see photo at top of page)
  • Footpaths right across the island from one coast to the other including the ancient 'Coffin Track'
  • Walks to Loch Chliostair and Loch Voshimid near Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

The islands are a haven for birdwatchers. Buzzards and oyster catchers are often seen. Rare birds such as the Skua, Corncrake and Red-throated diver can sometimes be spotted. The high hills are the haunt of the Golden Eagle.
If you are very lucky you may spot an otter.
In summer the machair flowers in a riot of colour, while later in the season the heather blooms. The MacGillivray Centre at Northton (named after the famous Scottish naturalist) will tell you all about the islands' natural habitat.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Scalpay & Harris!
Mrs Margaret Morrison
Tel: 01859 540394
Email: hirta.house@gmail.com

B&B accommodation is also available

sunset from the cottage

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