Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris is located to the south of the larger Isle of Lewis. The two islands are connected by a land border, but they are often referred to together as the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Geographically, the Isle of Harris is known for its stunning beaches and rugged landscapes. The island is around 40 miles long and has an area of 841 square kilometers, with a population of around 2,000 people. The west coast of Harris faces the Atlantic Ocean and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, including Luskentyre and Scarista.

The east coast of the island is more sheltered and is characterized by rocky headlands and inlets, as well as several freshwater lochs. The highest point on the island is Clisham, which stands at 799 meters and offers panoramic views over the surrounding landscape.

The main settlement on the Isle of Harris is Tarbert, which is located on a narrow isthmus that connects the north and south parts of the island. Other notable villages include Leverburgh, which is the main ferry port for the southern Outer Hebrides, and the village of Scalpay, which is located on a small island of the same name, connected to Harris by a bridge.

The Isle of Harris is also known for its rich cultural heritage, including traditional weaving and the Gaelic language, which is still spoken by many islanders. The Harris Tweed industry is particularly famous, with local weavers producing high-quality tweed cloth that is used in fashion and home furnishings around the world.