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In 2014 the Hebridean Islands of Harris and Lewis were voted Europe's 'Best Islands' award by Trip Advisor, actually they only confirmed what people have been saying for decades.  

Harris Tweed sunsetLand bridged Harris and Lewis form the largest land mass in the Hebridean archipelago, a string of islands that stretch for a hundred miles off the west coast of Scotland.  Known as the Islands on the Edge, the Outer Hebrides are also known as the Western Isles, and the boundary between Lewis and Harris is formed by a line with Loch Resort (Reasort) (opposite Scarp) on the west and Loch Seaforth (Shiphoirt) on the east.

Most of Harris is very hilly, with more than thirty peaks above 1,000 ft (300 m) high and seven mountains, defined as Corbetts. The landscapes and seascapes are stunning, pure white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, lapped by shades of turquoise, the water, crystal clear.  The golden beaches contrast wildly with a landscape of barren rock and unspoilt moorland, in places so alien it stood in for Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Crofting, fishing and weaving are the main enterprises on Harris.  Internationally famous for Harris Tweed which is woven by hand all across the islands.  Visitors can watch weaving demonstrations and take the opportunity to pick up genuine Harris Tweed items as souvenirs.

Wildlife is abundant, seals and otters can be seen by those with a keen eye, look out along rocky coastlines, and from the window at Strome Cottage.  Also look out for Golden Eagles and the rarer Sea Eagles, often seen being mobbed by crows and seagulls.  There are plenty of Red Deer on the islands, now thought to be amongst the most genetically pure red deer in Scotland, and the sheer variety of birds that are either visitors, or native to the islands is staggering. There are rare species like Corncrakes, the comical Puffins, below is a list that is far from complete....

Puffins on HarrisGannetsFulmers
Guillemots
Icelandic gulls
Sedge warblers
Blackcaps
Pied flycatchers
Spotted flycatchers
Snow buntings
Subalpine warblers
Garden warblers
Icterine warblers
Rustic buntings
Golden Orioles
Hen harriers
Siskins
Whinchats
Stonechats
Whooper swans

Birdwatchers, or wildlife photographers and enthusiasts will spot something on every outing, or possibly without leaving the cottage!  Don't forget to look out for Whales, Baskin Sharks and Dolphins, add them to your list.

What to do on Harris

Places to visit:

mother son on the beachAn Seallam - Genealogy Centre
Harris Tweed and Knitwear  Harris Tweed weaving demonstrations
Skoon Art Cafe - Original Art and great cafe
St. Clements Church, Rodel
MacLeod Stone
Coir Fhinn Chambered Cairn - Horgabost
Leverburgh
Isle of Scalpay
Eilean Glas Lighthouse Scalpay
Willie Fulton Art Gallery
Holmasaig Studio/Gallery 
Finsbay Gallery

Beaches

Borve, Horgabost, Seilebost, Garry, Traigh Mhor, Bosta, Dalmore and Dalbeg, Uig Sands, Reef Beach, Vhaltos, Mangersta, Huisinis and the award winning Luskentyre Beach.

Sport

Golf - Harris Golf Course is a nine hole course in possibly one of the most stunning locations in the world. Travel up to Lewis and there is  Stornoway Golf Club

Wildflowers in bloomSurfing, kite surfing, hill walking, mountaineering, fishing, karting.   Try these links

Adventure Hebrides -  Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Surfing, Kiting, Climbing, Wildlife, Hill walking and more.
Harris Outdoor Adventure Centre Windkarting, Mountain Bike Hire, Sea Kayaking and Canoe activities.
Lewis and Harris Sub Aqua Club 

 

Festivals and Shows

Harris Mountain Festival
lsle of Harris Half Marathon
South Harris Agricultural Show

Further Information on the Isle of Harris.

Walking

The Guardian Series = Go Walk 2001: A Hebridean odyssey, Loch Airigh, Isle of Harris 

The Cottage

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