Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Tarbert, Isle of Harris: Tarbert is the main economic and political centre of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides /Western Isles. The image (click to enlarge)to the left shows the ferry that travels over from the Isle of Skye. The crossing is most enjoyable on a fine, calm and clear day as the views can be spectacular. On a wet and windy crossing it is best to stay indoors but as the journey is only about one and a half hours it won't be long before you can enjoy the Harris hospitality.
The image to the right (click to enlarge) shows the Tarbert ferry with the front end raised for loading/unloading. There have been several vessels used on this route with the most recent being the fastest and most comforable. Many people use the Stornoway ferry to travel to and from the Western Isles but I much prefer the Harris crossing.
The image to the left (click to enlarge) shows the view from the Ferry Terminal. Nothing much to look at here, but after a pleasant crossing many people just drive off and miss the opportunity to spend an hour looking around the town of Tarbert. You could pop into the nearby MacLeod Motel for a bite to eat or a drink in the bar (remember only the one if you are driving!).
The image to the right (click to enlarge) shows the view from the ferry terminal up towards the town of Tarbert. To the left of the photograph you can see a nearby building which is the MacLeod Motel mentioned above. With a car park to the right you can park up easily taking a short walk over to the restaurant.
The image to the left (click to enlarge) shows the Firstfruits Tearooms. If you are not in the mood for a meal these tearooms provide excellent snacks in most enjoyable surroundings.