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Leverburgh is a village on Harris. Leverburgh is the third largest settlement in Lewis and Harris after Stornoway and Tarbert. South Harris contains a number of small settlements, mainly along the east and west coast roads.


The Scottish Gaelic name is An Tòb, and the English name used to be Obbe until it was renamed Leverburgh after William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (with local agreement) in 1920. Viscount Leverhulme was the owner of local lands and built and fishing port and fish processing works in Leverburgh employing 300 men. He was also known for establishing the soap manufacturer Lever Brothers and for creating the model village at Port Sunlight in England.

Get in[edit]

Ferry "Loch Portain" Entering Leverburgh Harbour

By car[edit]

20 miles from Tarbert along the A859

By boat[edit]

Car ferry service from Berneray. Typically 4 crossings per day in summer, taking one hour.

By Bus[edit]

There are good bus services during the day Mon - Sat, but little in the evening and no buses on a Sunday. Buses to Leverburgh run from Stornoway via Tarbert to connect with the ferry to Berneray and North Uist, where connecting buses provide links South, as part of the Western Isles Overland Route, towards Barra.

Get around[edit]

Map of Leverburgh
  • Harris Cycle Hire., Sorrel Cottage, 2 Glen Kyles, Leverburgh, HS5 3TY, +44 1859 520319.


St. Clement's Church, Rodel
Interior of St Clement's Church
  • 1 St Clement's Church, Rodel (3 miles from Leverburgh). Fine church dating from the 15th century. St Clement's Church, Rodel on Wikipedia St Clement's Church (Q2606408) on Wikidata
  • 2 Seallam! Visitor Centre, Northton (An Taobh Tuath), HS3 3JA, +44 1859 520258. Genealogy Research Centre Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday £2.50.
  • MacGillivray Centre, Northton. Unmanned exhibition about an ornithologist.


  • 1 Golf, Scarista, +44 1859 550226. Play 9 hole course
  • Take a day trip on the ferry to Berneray. The ferry gives a good view of the islands in the sound of Harris, and it is worth spending a few hours walking around Berneray.
  • 2 Sea Harris, 5 Ferry Rd., +44 7760216555. Daily boat trips to St. Kilda World Heritage Site.


  • 1 Harris Community Shop, An Clachan, HS5 3TS (on the A859). Mon Thur 9.00am - 6.00pm, Fri - Sat 9.00am - 7.00pm. Community-owned co-op, selling groceries including local specialities, newspapers (arriving mid-afternoon), fishing rods and flies, DIY supplies and crafts.


  • 1 The Anchorage, Ferry Terminal, +44 1859 520225. lunches and evening meals, booking may be advisable for summer evenings
  • 2 The Butty Bus, Pier Rd (near the ferry terminal), +44 7899 786574.
  • 3 Skoon Art Cafe, 4 Geocrab, Isle of Harris, HS3 3HB, +44 1859 530268. Mar-Oct Tue-Sat 10am-5pm.


As the Rodel hotel has closed the nearest bars are in Tarbert.




Bed and Breakfasts[edit]


  • 6 Scarista House, Sgarasta Bheag, HS3 3HX, +44 1859 550238. 6 room luxury informal hotel. Has WiFi, but no TV. Open to non-residents for dinner but reservations are required. from £150, dinner from £45.

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