The Isle of Harris is stunningly beautiful, a jewel in the Hebridean archipelago and an ideal holiday destination.
The Outer Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar) also known as the Western Isles and the Long Island, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland. The arcipeago stretches for a hundred miles, the Hebridean western seaboard is the last landfall before North America, these certainly are the Islands on the edge. Lewis and Harris form the top island in the chain and although they are named as individual islands they are landbridged, but each 'island' is unique in their landscapes, culture and people.
Harris is famed for its beaches, miles of white shell sands washed by turquoise waves more reminiscent of tropical islands than the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet the east coast is isolated and has some of the oldest rocks in the world, being dated around three thousand million years old. Tinted shots of parts of the island were used by Stanley Kubrick as the surface of Jupiter in the film. When Bowman leaves the Discovery, it's Harris he is walking on! Quite ironic that a monolith features greatly in this movie as both Lewis and Harris have their own ancient standing stones.
Gaelic is still the first language spoken by many islanders, this is reflected in road signs and place names although many date back to Norse occupation. The original name for Harris Tweed was Clò-Mòr’ - big cloth!
Wildlife on the islands can be viewed from most village doorsteps, this is home to Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Hen Harriers and Corncrakes if you can spot them. There are also Otters, Seals, Red Deer the list is long, but you can find more information on the North Harris Trust website.
The main industry on Harris is still weaving and fishing, tourism is as a relative newcomer, which is why the islands are still a tranquil haven from the fast flow of modern living.