Touring the Isle of Harris
The Isle of Lewis is mainly covered by blanket peat with some areas of fertile machair whilst, the Isle of Harris, in contrast, being mainly exposed Lewisian gneiss except for part of South Harris having areas of machair on both the West and South coast.
South Harris has some Neolithic & Bronze Age sites set in a stunning landscape also South Harris has some of the finest beaches in the Western Isles on it’s West coast. This is an island of complete contrasts. Within a few miles the scenery changes from the rugged rocky landscape made famous as the planet Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick’s 2008 A Space Odyssey, to miles of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea.
At the Southern most end of Harris is St Clement’s church; Mausoleum of the MacLeods and built in the early 1500s. This fascinating church is the final resting place of Alasdair Crotach who is considered to be the eighth chief of the Clan MacLeod and whose tomb is classed as one of the most magnificently carved tombs of its era in Scotland.