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Isle of Harris


Isle of Harris

Although part of the same landmass as Lewis, Harris has a character of its own. The northern part of the island has the most extensive and highest range of mountains in the Outer Hebrides, a complex of ridges, glens and summits which is amongst the wildest in Britain. Apart from the highest summit - the Clisham (or An Cliseam) - the hills are quiet and provide superb outings for the hillwalking connoisseur.

The island narrows to a tiny neck at its main settlement, Tarbert, whilst to the south the character changes yet again. The eastern coast - deeply indented, bare, rocky and elemental - sees a series of tiny villages linked by tortuously twisting tarmac, whilst to the west is a strip of fertile machair, bedecked by flowers in early summer, as a foreground to one of the finest series of beaches in all the Hebrides.

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