A rare chance to get out to the island of Scarp. This is a boat trip and guided walk, setting off from Hushinish to explore the Isle of Scarp, with Calum J MacKay. Organised by the Islands Book Trust.
Scarp is a a small island off the north west tip of Harris. The island, once supported some 200 residents but has been without permanent habitation since 1970. There are ruins of many of the residents houses while some have been preserved and serve as holiday houses. The island is like the rest of Harris in that it is very rocky with sparse vegetation and a lack of trees. The main habitation on Scarp was centered around an area of flat ground suitable for cultivation on the Hushinish side. A shallow, narrow channel separates the island from Harris, it is frequently impassable due to strong currents. Scarp was the site of an experimental Rocket Post service. Though unsuccessful it is still well remembered and was the subject of a film. The day the rocket was first launched, 28 July 1934, became known as Latha na Rocait. Date; 9/9/2017 Time; 10am Location; Hushinish beach Cost; £35 Difficulty rating; Easy Recommended equipment; Waterproofs, walking boots/shoes or wellies.