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South Harris

The Western Isles 
Also known as the Outer Hebrides, the Western Isles form a 130 mile arc running from north to south off the north-western coast of Scotland. Taken from north to south they include Lewis, North and South Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra. 
Although usually referred to as if they are, Lewis and Harris are not separate islands. Instead they are the northern two-thirds (Lewis) and southern third (Harris) of the same island.
Harris, to the south of Lewis, is much hillier, more dramatic and much more appealing than its neighbour, its boulder strewn slopes descending to aquamarine bays of dazzling white sand. The shift from Lewis to Harris is almost imperceptible, though Harris itself is clearly divided by a miniscule isthmus into the wild inhospitable mountains of North Harris and the gentler landscape and sandy shores of South Harris. 
South Harris
The southern part of Harris is less mountainous, with numerous unspoilt white sandy beaches on the west coast. Its main settlements are Rodel, known for its medieval kirk St. Clement's Church, the most elaborate surviving medieval church in the Hebrides after Iona Abbey, and Leverburgh from where a ferry sails to Berneray, an island off the coast of North Uist, to which it is joined by a causeway.
Of all the beaches on South Harris, Luskentyre and Scarista are considered by many to be the most spectacular, with grey gold sand and islet studded turquoise seas. From Luskentyre, the island of Taransay can be seen clearly, whilst at Scarista the scene is more sporting and is often the venue for surfing and kite buggying.
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Scarista on the Isle of Harris 


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