Spellbinding landscapes and thriving communities producing Harris Tweed since the 1800’s
Harris has been inspiring visitors for generations with its sensational contrasting landscapes and richly steeped heritage. In the north, the ancient glacier-scoured mountains with moonscape features give way to a rich machair and endless miles of spectacular beaches.
Cloth and culture go hand in hand in Harris. The world-famous Harris Tweed is still handwoven on islanders’ crofts to this day.
Harris is bordered to the north by Lewis, together they are referred to as the Outer Hebrides or the "long Island" as they stretch 100 miles.
Famed for its coral white beaches, Scarista, Luskentyre and Traigh an Teampauill on the west coast are abundant in blinding white sand dunes and aquamarine shallows. Keep your eyes pierced for the occasional passing porpoise.
The East Coast is dotted with thriving fishing and crofting communities including Tarbert, the island's main town. Cloth and culture go hand in hand in Harris. The world-famous Harris Tweed is still handwoven in islanders’ homes to this day. It’s the only fabric in the world to be governed by its own Act of Parliament and trademark-registered since 1909.
The tweed industry has given rise to much Gaelic heritage including ‘waulking’ songs. Waulking is the final stage in the long, laborious process of producing homespun woollen cloth, soaking it and thumping it rhythmically to shrink and soften it. The songs serve to keep the rhythm and lighten the work and are still shared and taught today.
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The ferry terminal in Tarbert has crossings to Uig in Skye and Lochmaddy in North Uist.
For more information, visit the Explore Harris website.
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