The Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris are indeed joined and although often talked about as separate Islands both have their own distinct identity. Harris has a much hillier terrain with spectacular views. No need for hiking boots today, jump into the car and I will share the beauty with you.
We drove down to Tarbert and had a mooch about the Harris Tweed shop, it was inspirational. There are certainly a lot of talented people on these Islands.
I tried my hand at weaving, it was harder than I thought and a great strain to the leg muscles. It was a great place to learn about the looms and the history of the famous Harris Tweed. The Act of Parliament passed in 1993 gave the Harris Tweed Authority guardianship of the Harris Tweed and the orb trademark.
We carried on down for a few miles and had a drive around the Island of Scalpay. The Island is attached to Harris by a bridge which was opened in 1998.
Another beautiful Island 2 miles wide and 1 mile long, with a population of 291. We did get out of the car and have a stroll along the pier and a look around the crafts market held in the old school. The children are now bussed over to the school at Tarbert as the numbers were so low, such a shame. It was good to see the buildings were still been used and once again some very talented people.
The seagulls were having a feast feeding off the fishing boats and we did smile at the sheep calling in at the Community Centre.
Hope you enjoyed our little tour, buckle up and we will call in for afternoon tea at the tearooms in Tarbert.
See you soon.