This is among the most southerly of the west-facing South Harris beaches, all of which are part of the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area. The beach comprises a vast area of pristine sand. It is approached over sand dunes and via machair that is decorated with colourful wild flowers in the summer. There are always shells on the beach. They are carried onto the machair, breaking up and providing valuable minerals for the wild flowers. Highly recommended.
Patricia’s natural affinity for the beach.
An atmospheric beach, on a stormy day.
Scarista is the largest of the string of South Harris beaches that face west into the Atlantic. There are extensive dunes and machair behind the white, sandy beach. The turquoise sea gives a sense of otherness and adventure to the visitor, inviting one to dive in and explore beneath the waves. Highly recommended.
Leena’s take on the beach.
A view from the dunes behind Scarista beach.