Welcome to the Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis are at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles.

The Hebrides are known as the "long island" as they stretch for 100 miles.

The Isle of Harris

is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis, and has a short border, shown by a ‘dashed’ line on the map.

The island has a wide range of landscapes, all of which have their own charm and interest.

On the west coast lie some of the most spectacular beaches of Britain (marked on the map) with large open machair areas.

In the north, the terrain is rugged, mountainous and has a Lunar feel to it.

Some of the oldest rocks in the world, being dated at some three thousand million years old, are found on the East Coast.

The exposed rocks are a result of scouring by the glaciers in the Ice Ages. The area is known as ‘The Bays’ because of the many small, quiet inlets.

These inlets are populated by small villages, each with their own unique character.

Harris also now has a very impressive distillery in Tabert, the main village on the island

In general, the attraction of Harris is its peace and tranquillity, the magnificent scenery and beaches, but finally the warmth and quiet confidence of its people.

Isle of Harris map

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Explore Outer Hebrides Guide 2021

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The Outer Hebrides Guide, including the Isle of Harris


The Outer Hebrides Guide is published each year, by Easter.  If you would like to advertise in it,  please email me at alan@explorescotland.net