Scalpay | Euan Morrison

Island Intro

This rocky island, linked by a road bridge to Harris, has a thriving fishing community and is renowned for its seafood.

Ask an Islander

Catherine from Scalpay Harris Tweed told us more about why she loves Scalpay, beginning with its hidden gems.

“We are blessed with the most incredible sunsets on the island,” she says. “A stroll in the evening sunshine as the sun sets will ensure you see the best sights.”

With strong fishing roots, Catherine tells us about the isle’s delicacies. “Shellfish lovers will enjoy being able to buy directly from the fishermen on the pier. Scalpay Shellfish sell langoustines, crabs and lobster directly from their boat. From sea to plate within minutes! A fresher taste you will not find!”

For those who want a good stomp “a walk to the lighthouse on Scalpay is a must.” Catherine says. With “a good pair of walking shoes and a picnic, there is no nicer way to spend a couple of hours. With stunning views over to the North end of Skye and on a clear day, you can see the Uists and Barra.”

Gaelic / Gàidhlig

The Gaelic name for Scalpay is Sgalpaigh.

Want to say ‘cheerio for now’ to someone in Gaelic? That’s ‘tìoraidh an-dràsta‘!

Getting Here

Scalpay is connected to the Isle of Harris and on to Lewis via a short road bridge. There are several scheduled buses each day (Mon–Sat), which connect Scalpay, Harris and Lewis.

Find out more about getting to Lewis.

Find out more about getting to Harris.

Explore More

Want to find out more about Scalpay and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

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