Scalpay by John WalshThe Isle of Scalpy is connected to the Isle of Harris by a very modern and quite spectacular bridge, yet Scalpay is far from the hustle and bustle of modern life.  This stunningly beautiful Hebridean island has an air of peace and tranquility that leaves visitors feeling transported back in time.  With a population of around 300 people, mostly fishermen and crofters, the island is only 2.5 sq miles, and the majority of islanders speak Gaelic.

Scalpay, small as it is has a scattering of small lochs, or lochans that pepper the island, an ideal home for wildlife. The largest of these 'lochans' is Loch an Duin (loch of the fort) which has a tiny island in it, with the remains of the fort still visible.  The first lighthouse to be built in the Outer Hebrides, Eilean Glas, is located on a tiny peninsula on Scalpay's eastern shore. Take a walk around the harbour on a summers evening and see the visiting yatchts, or go seal watching, on such a small island walking is an ideal way to explore, and there is lots to explore!

Situated in centre of Kyles Scalpay is the community shop, Butha Scalpaigh, the shop has a large selection of groceries, frozen food, fish, meat, fruit and vegetables and is open Monday – Saturday all year round.  North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom offers a warm welcome The cafe offers delicious food, teas & good coffee, venison, seafood, fabulous cakes & desserts. The North Harbour Bistro is unlicensed, but you are welcome to bring your own wine, for dinnertime only.

Scalpay's nearest neighbour, Harris is just 300 metres (980 ft) away over narrows of Caolas Scalpaigh, nowadays it only takes a fifteen minute drive to get to Tarbert, the main town on Harris.

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