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The Famous Beaches of Lewis and Harris

Lewis and Harris were named Europe’s top island destination by Trip Advisor, but they weren’t telling us, as locals, anything we didn’t already know. The islands of Lewis and Harris also beat off competition from tropical rivals to be voted among the top five islands in the world. And here we are on your doorstep, a part of the British Isles. There are still more beaches on Uist, ablaze in wildflowers (Machair) and the southernmost island Barra.

We can’t boast the palm trees and sun-baked climate of more tropical places, nor cultivated flower festivals of the Channel Isles.  But we do get the sun, and our Machair is dazzling with wildflowers

in the summer. Best of all there are no crowds, a dozen people on a vast stretch of beach is crowded by our standards.

Beaches on Harris

Huisinis and the award winning Luskentyre Beach.

Beaches on Lewis

Uist - Lewis-Macdonald

Uist – Lewis-Macdonald

Traigh Mhor,
Dalmore and Dalbeg,
Uig Sands,
Reef Beach,

Uist Beaches

Traigh Lingeigh
Traigh Hornais
Traigh nam Faoghailean
Hosta Beach (Traigh Stir) is North Uist’s surfing hot spot.

West Beach Berneray – West Beach is three miles of blissful solitude with a hint of the South Seas about it — in 2009, the Thai tourist board famously used a photograph of it to masquerade as Kai Bae beach.

Isle of Barra

Traigh Mhor – the world’s only airport on the beach.
Traigh Eais
Tangasdale Beach on Halaman Bay