Scarista Beach

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  • Just along the coast from Luskentyre beach is another Hebridean gem, Scarista. This wide, open expanse of white sand faces into the turquoise shallows of the Sound of Taransay. You could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at a beach somewhere in the tropics. However a quick dip in the sea will remind you of just how far north you actually are.

    Scarista Beach is without doubt one of the finest on the Isle of Harris, although the rest share many of its charms. These include the wildflower-carpeted meadows (machair) which spill down to the beach and the array of wildlife. Don’t be surprised to see seals, eagles or deer when you visit Scarista.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs allowed.

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    • Kayaking/canoeing
    • Diving & snorkelling
    • Good fishing
    • Sailing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing


    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • Slipway

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    NF 9927 9214


    Free parking

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    Scarista Beach Reviews

    Just incredible

    Sep 17th 2020

    Even on the dullest of days, the sand seems to have a warm glow. The waves are long and crash loudly due to the steep shelf. Keep your eyes open, you might be being watched by a seal, deer, otter or eagle… quite apart from the gannets fishing. It is peaceful, impressive and very beautiful.