The Isle of Harris
The Isle of Harris (Scottish Gaelic: Na Hearadh) divides naturally into northern and southern parts which are separated by West and East Loch Tarbert. These halves are joined by a narrow isthmus at the main settlement of Tarbert (An Tairbeart). North Harris consists of imposing peaks (including the Clisham (An Cliseam), the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides at 799 metres (2,621 ft)) and a rugged landscape formed from some of the oldest rocks on the planet , which provide a striking contrast to the low-lying moors of Lewis. The dark, jagged peaks of North Harris give way to a more gentle landscape in South Harris, with brilliant white shell beaches, crystal clear waters and a stunning backdrop of machair, which in the summer months comes alive with wild flowers, butterflies and birds.