What to See & Do on Harris
Golf on Harris is played on one of the most scenic settings in Scotland. Scarista, on the west coast of Harris, is surely one of the world’s finest settings for the game of golf. To the west, the Atlantic breakers thunder onto sparkling white sands. To the north lie the spectacular mountains of North Harris. To the south, the hills of the Uists lie beyond Toe Head peninsula. It is a classic Links course with nine holes and an unrivalled location.
Lewis and Harris have some of the finest Salmon and Trout fishing anywhere in Scotland. The Hebrides have over 2000 fishable Lochs and a large number of rivers with access to the sea. Most Salmon catches are in the 7 to 10 lb mark and Brown trout catches are also of a good range. Species caught include sea trout, wild salmon, brown trout, Arctic char and ferox trout. The best time for fishing wild salmon is between June and September and the best conditions are when the rivers are in speight after heavy rain, or, during spring tides.
Beaches are probably the feature of Harris that impress most visitors. The colour of the water, even on a dull day, and the purity of the sand are simply stunning. The beaches range from the huge expanses of Traigh Losgaintir (Luskentyre) and Traigh Sgarastaigh (Scarista) to little sheltered coves beside the road at Na Buirgh (Borve). Behind the beaches are the machairs – green grassy plains covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer. The wonderfully unpolluted water that surrounds our Islands lends itself to crystal clear viewing conditions ideal for scuba diving and the miles of coastline offer windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing opportunities with water temperatures on average in the summer of 13°C and in the winter 9°C
Harris Tweed is probably the best known of all the products of Lewis and Harris. The hard wearing, and now fashionable again cloth, has been woven in the homes of the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra for hundreds of years. Originally called Clo Mhor in Gaelic, meaning “the big cloth”, its potential was realised by Lady Dunmore in 1846, when she had local weavers copy the Murray tartan in Tweed. After the huge success of this venture, she improved the process and marketed the product to her friends
What’s On 2013
Fri 24th May West Harris Trust Tunes In The Dunes Concert @ Seilebost Machair
Sat 25th May West Harris Trust Beach Fest