The Islands Study Conference

Harris Hotel, Tarbert. 21-23 April 2017


About the Conference

Running since 1983, the Islands Study Conference is an inter denominational Bible conference which is held on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

The weekend conference takes place annually from Friday evening until Sunday evening — the fourth Sunday in April — with guest speakers being invited to deliver lectures on specific topics. As well as hearing inspiring Bible teaching, we also hear about mission work and enjoy great fellowship together.

The Harris Hotel, Tarbert, has been the venue for the conference since its inauguration, although we have joined the local churches for Sunday worship over the last number of years. Whilst it is a residential conference in part, day visitors are also very welcome, and encouraged, to attend the conference at any point.

We would be delighted to have friends from near and far to join us and feed on God’s Word.


This is the programme for the 2017 conference.

21 April 2017
Signs of the Times (1)
Rev. James Maciver
Tea/Coffee and selection of home baking
22 April 2017
8:00am - 9:00am
Morning Worship
“Maternal” aspects of the Godhead (1)
Rev Hector Morrison
Free Time
Signs of the Times (2)
Rev James Maciver
“Maternal” aspects of the Godhead (2)
Rev Hector Morrison
23 April 2017
8:00am - 9:00am
Morning Church Service
Rev James Maciver
Mission Focus: God Is Good Africa
Rev Calum Iain & Dina Macleod
Evening Church Service
Rev Hector Morrison
Fellowship Meeting/Close of Conference
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We are pleased to welcome the following speakers to this year's conference.

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    Rev James Maciver

    “Signs of the Times”

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    Rev Hector Morrison

    “The ‘Maternal’ aspects of the Godhead”

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    Rev. Calum Iain & Dina Macleod

    Conference hosts / “God Is Good Africa”

The Venue

As is traditional, the conference will meet this year in the Harris Hotel, Tarbert, Isle of Harris. If you need directions to find it, we have marked the location on Google Maps.

Exterior shot of the conference venue, the Harris Hotel.

2017 registration is now closed

About the 2015 Conference

Over 100 at Islands Study Conference in Tarbert

April 28, 2015

With attendees from Rosskeen to Raasay, Sleat to Shawbost, North Tolsta to North Harris, as well as large contingents from other island congregations the 33rd Islands Study Conference was held in Tarbert last weekend.

The speakers at this year’s conference were the Rev Dr Sinclair B Ferguson and Rev Alasdair M. Macleod.

Not only was the Harris Hotel booked up with attendees but also the nearby Hebrides Hotel housed many who came to stay in Harris for the weekend. Supplemented by others who came for evening sessions or the whole day, the conference sessions were well attended with regular attendandes of 100 people.

Rev Dr Sinclair B Ferguson speaking at the lectern

The theme chosen by Dr Ferguson (pictured above) was the sacraments. Over two sessions he unfolded the significance of the sacrments for our ongoing Christian life. Challenging the listeners to imagine how they would describe what takes place at a baptism or Lord’s Supper service, he then communicated, with clarity and passion, how and why we have been given these two sign and seals, and what difference they make to us.

Ullapool's Rev Alasdair Macleod (pictured below) took as his subject the ‘raw material’ of Peter, James and John, those apostles closest to Jesus during his earthly ministry, and saw how their characters were changed, shaped and moulded to become useful instruments in the hand of God.

Rev Alasdair Macleod speaking at the lectern

Copies of the six talks are available on CD for £10. Orders can be made by emailing David MacIver (

Chairman of the Conference Committee Norman Macleod, an elder from the Stornoway Free Church, summed up the weekend:
"It was a genuine privilege for us to be in Harris this weekend.
"The conference was a very special time, with many commenting on how this weekend ranked as one of the best conferences we have had. Thanks to our speakers and all who attended.
"It was so heartening to hear some first-time attenders commit already to next year’s conference. The more the merrier!"

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Contact us

Booking Secretary
(Hotel Residents only)

Murdo Graham
5 Catherine Hill, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0JS
Mobile: 07833 552100 / Tel: 01851 820696

Booking Secretary
(Day Visitors for Meals/Buffets only)

Joan Iversen
8 Benside Road, Newmarket, Laxdale, Isle of Lewis, HS2 1TF
Mobile: 07768 887031 / Tel: 01851 702172