The Isle of Harris, Scotland. Na Hearadh in Gaelic. This island is actually connected to the Isle of Lewis, and together they are the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, islands off the northwest coast of Scotland. It is an area where Gaelic is spoken (about 60% of residents). It has rough mountains and beautiful sandy beaches. The east coast of south Harris has the “Golden Road”, which was so named for how much it cost to build. It is a gorgeous drive, but not for the faint of heart! It is one-lane, winding along the coast, and has no shoulder or rails – in many parts, it drops off on both sides of the road, and you can’t see what’s over the next hill.
It is well known the world over for the home of Harris tweed, though most of that is now manufactured in nearby Lewis.
Harris is well worth the ferry ride – from Ullapool to Lewis, or from Skye – to visit. Be warned if you are there on a Sunday – all retail outlets are shut on Sunday, as part of the Wee Free islands. The area is heavily fundamental Calvinist.
Parts of the island was used as the surface of Jupiter in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nearby island Taransay hosted the BBC show Castaway.
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