We are based in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. About 17miles from Stornoway in one of the most spectacular parts of Scotland. The area is steeped in musical tradition and culture and Gaelic is still spoken and sung locally. There are regular Cèilidhs where people meet dance and sing and Strupags where people gather for lunch and a 'chin wag'.
The course starts on the Thursday and sessions begin at 10am each morning and finish about 3pm in the afternoon, with breaks for coffee, tea, hot chocolate and fruit tea - and extremely yummy homemade bakes to go with them - with a tasty lunch in the middle of the day to sustain the brain for the afternoon session.
Unfortunately, we can't provide any accommodation during the courses. However there is a great choice of accommodation in B&Bs, Hotels, Caravans and Self-catering Cottages as well as a caravan site in Shawbost itself. It is very important to book your accommodation early, as the summer season can be quite busy on the island. Get in touch for personal recommendations.
There is a huge amount to do during the day for non-harp playing family members. Further activities and places of interest are within easy reach. Callanish Stones, the broch at Carloway, Boat Rides, Wood Turner, golf courses, fishing, sailing, historic houses, Museums and spectacular countryside to explore.
The cost of the course is £185, which includes all tuition, all snacks and lunches. Locally produced food, which is therefore organic in nature, will be used wherever possible and vegetarians and special diets are welcome with prior notice. (email Carole for further details).
2022 - Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th August
By far the easiest and most striking way to get here is by car - especially when travelling with a Harp. By Road: From Inverness follow the A835 Ullapool Road all the way to Ullapool where you will board the Loch Seaforth Ferry to Stornoway.
The Harp Course will be held at Raebhat House, North Shawbost. Take the road to Barvas and on reaching Barvas take the turning left to Garrynahine. Shawbost is about 6 miles along the road. Horshader Community Development which operates out of Raebhat House is in the first part of Shawbost on the main road with clear Signage.
The bulk of our food is grown locally and organically. Having our own caterer allows us to provide for most dietary needs including gluten-free or diary-free. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like us to provide for a special diet.