The Isle of Harris a trip down memory lane ?

I am so lucky just now I am in Harris the weather yesterday was perfect. We left the day before and had a superb night in Dunvegan then on to the Ferry at Uig next day. The drive from home was magical with the West Coast blue skies and the sun. I am over with a friend Kalie and her dog Islay.


Our trip tonight Skye was superb the ridge clear and we had a great night in Dunvegan in the Bed and Breakfast. We stopped often for a walk with Islay and the Skye ridge was looking superb.

Kalie and Islay Sgur na Gillean in the back ground.

We were away early next day to the ferry the haar was down and cobwebs were out on the gorse. I find it’s pretty unusual this but I always see it in these conditions.


The ferry was strange surreal with everyone masked up all the time. Very busy with places pre – booked. We got a cup of tea on board and the journey was in the fog till we arrived on Harris. The sun was up, we stopped at The Harris Gin shop at Tarbet. It was then a great day in Harris visiting so many incredible places . The wild open beaches and the sea with few folk about were wonderful.

Busy beach?

The sun was out some haar came back but we just wanders all over enjoying the freedom. I love the huge sand dunes and beaches, the noise of the waves the stunning changeable views. The Island is a Geologists dream with so much rock about I love the shapes and colours each on unique.

Rose granite.

I had been to Harris many times but always to walk or climb. I sadly was here as Tram Leader of the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in 1990 when the RAF Shackelton aircraft crashed killing all 10 of the crew. It was a hard time we were here for three days and the team did a sad but essential job . I will write about that during my stay. It crashed on a small hill called Maodal just above Sgarasta Bheag. This is only 3 kilometres from the crash on Maodal. Kalie has been here several times and did not know about the crash here. We will visit it though as it has a memorial on it. I will visit during my stay and pay my respects.

The hill Maodal and where we are staying

La’al Bothy | Self Catering Cottage Isle of Harris is where We arrived at our lovely wee house, it is perfect a short wander to the endless sandy beach at Scarasta and watched the sunset and listened to the waves.

Kalie loves it here as I do what a stunning few days already. On the sand we saw this lovely flower as we wandered back, living in such a wild place.

European sea rocket.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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