Scalpay | Euan Morrison

About

This rocky, captivating island has been a fishing community for generations and offers some of the very best seafood and shellfish in Scotland. The distinctive Scalpay jersey and contemporary tweedmaker showcase the island's creative streak, whilst a walk to the lighthouse will reward you with fabulous views and opportunities to encounter the local wildlife.

Famous For

  • Eilean Glas Lighthouse dates back to 1789. It is one of the original Northern Lighthouses and the first in the Hebrides. The lighthouse was also featured in the 2019 Christmas Special of Call The Midwife.

  • The Scalpay jersey is a distinctive, traditional jersey knitted using only Harris wool.

  • The island is known for its seafood! Pick up some fresh lobster, prawns and scallops from Scalpay Shellfish to cook at home, or dine in on scallops, langoustines and more at the award-winning North Harbour Bistro.

Ask an Islander

  • If taking a walk to Eilean Glas Lighthouse, be sure to keep your eyes peeled. The waters surrounding the lighthouse are home to a range of whale and dolphin species, particularly visible March–September.

  • Take the lesser-known track to the back of Scalpay, on the other side of the popular lighthouse path. The views are beautiful!

  • Hear the story of the famous Harris Tweed and see demonstrations of how wool is transformed into the beautiful textile we all love with Scalpay Harris Tweed, who are based on the island.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

More Information

You can find some additional information about Scalpay at the links below

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COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Scalpay is connected to the Isle of Harris and on to Lewis via a short road bridge. Ferry services from Harris and Lewis, and flights from Lewis, connect the island with the mainland.

There are several scheduled buses each day (Mon–Sat), which connect Scalpay, Harris and Lewis.

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.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.