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Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland
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Where Is The Isle Of Harris?

Chaipaval, Isle of Harris  

The Islands of Lewis and Harris, although comprising one landmass, have distinct identities. Lewis is characterised by extensive peat moor-land whereas Harris is much more rocky and mountainous.
The West side of Harris is renowned for its golden sandy beaches, a delight for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, families and children.

The Western Isles features a number of excellent golf courses offering unique challenges, not least amongst these is the beautiful Harris Golf Course at Scarista just a short distance from Borvemor Cottages. Harris is historically associated with excellent fishing, today there are superb opportunities for sea, trout and salmon fishing but if you wish to enjoy a spot of fishing in one of the many lochs you will need to arrange fishing permits locally.

Huishnish Beach, Harris  

The bays and rocky inlets of the East coast are charming and unique. The many small crofting townships such as Finsbay, Geocrab, Scadabay and Plocrapool are linked by a twisting narrow road known as the Golden Road.

North Harris is characterised by high rocky mountains and long fjord like sea-lochs.

In addition to tourism, the economy of Harris also depends on fishing; local boats go out for shellfish. Harris tweed is also made locally and there are many handmade and knitted garments for sale in the townships.

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Crofting is a unique way of life, hence the annual sheep dog trials held in mid summer. There are several places for eating out and both Leverburgh and Tarbert have small well stocked mini markets. Fresh island lamb and beef is available at the local butchers. Of course the above mentioned shellfish is also available.

Harris, like several other islands is strongly Presbyterian - the Sabbath is observed. The main churches are: Church of Scotland, Free Church and Free Presbyterian Church. Services in all churches are very traditional in style. There is no public transport on Sunday.

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  Top: Chaipaval

  2nd FromTop: Huishnish Beach

  Above: Rodel Church