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Scarista Beach

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Scarista Beach - Hebrides

© David Crocker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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