Dyed Wool, Harris

Dyed Wool, Harris, Hebrides

This evening, I am focusing on Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. In Gaelic, Harris translates as Eilean na Hearadh. Being part of the same island of adjacent Lewis, Harris is not a separate island in its own right. Harris is split into South Harris ( Ceann A Deas) and North Harris (Ceann A Tuath Na Hearadh). Tarbert ( An Tairbeart) is the principal town on the island with usual complement of shops, a bank, post office, hotels, restaurants and a Tourist Information Centre. There is also a ferry connection from Tarbert to the mainland.

Weaving Harris Tweed, Harris

Weaving Harris Tweed, Harris, Scotland

One of the key activities on Harris is the production of Harris Tweed cloth, which has witnessed a resurgence in demand of late. Here is a short video clip of a weaver at work.

Bales of Harris Tweed, Tarbert

Bales of Harris Tweed, Tarbert, Harris

Harris Tweed Products, Harris

Harris Tweed Products, Harris, Scotland

Tourism is also a key industry with Harris providing wonderful sandy beaches, prehistoric standing stones, hiking and bird watching. The rugged, mountainous scenery of Harris contrasts with the (mainly) flat, peat covered landscape of Lewis. The scenery provides good material for photographers and artists.

Rural Scene, Harris

Rural Scene, Harris, Hebrides

Mountain Scenery, Harris

Mountain Scenery, Harris, Scotland

Overall, Harris is  a great place to visit and an opportunity to connect with Gaelic culture and the unique island way of life and scenery.

Coastal View, Harris

Coastal View, Harris, Scotland

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