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isle of harris Overview

The Isle Of Harris is a small rural part of the Outer hebridies of scotland. North from Inverness and ullapool. You can reach the Islands of lewis and Harris by travelling by road to Ullapool (about 40mins) by car from inverness. In Ullapool you can catch a ferry Caledonain MacBraynes to Stornoway (duration around 2hours 45 mins) From Stornoway you can drive to Tarbert in Harris in about 40 minutes.

Can also be reached via ferry from Uig in Skye to Tarbert, crossing takes 1h 45m.This ferry also sails to Lochmaddy on North Uist and there is a direct connection on Tuesdays and Fridays between Harris and North Uist for those planning to drive down through the islands. Direct bus services run to meet this ferry to and from Inverness and Glasgow.

There is also another small ferry that runs from Leverburgh to Berneray on North Uist, and the ferry company, Caledonian MacBrayne do a 'Hopscotch' ticket for those wishing to travel through the Western Isles. Out of Leverburgh as well there a boat trips to St. Kilda.

There are plenty small and rural villages in harris.. Many people live a traditional way of life, rearing sheep and cows.

Villages include, Tarbert, Finsbay, Rodel, Leverburgh, Manish, Luskentyre, Northton.

The church of St. Clements at Rodel,built in the 1500's, is worth a visit, and has recently been renovated by Historic Scotland.

Far more rugged than the neighbouring island of Lewis, there are plenty hills to climb, the highest one being The Clisham, 2621ft(799m)and can be done in about 2-3 hours .There is a trek called the Clisham Horseshoe which takes in another couple of hills.

Also on the west coast you find some stunning beaches, with probably the most spectacular one at Luskentyre. Rated as one of the best beaches, in the UK, it has miles of golden sand, but with being remote is practically deserted.

The Isle Of Harris is still famous for the tweed industry, which is still made in the tradional looms, and has a recognisable orb trademark