Trip to Harris, Outer Hebrides
Today, Sept 8th 2021,we embarked on a trip to Harris which forms part of Scotland's Outer Hebrides.
First, we departed our lodgings in Kyleakin on the southern edge of the Isle of Skye. We then travelled north visiting key places of interest after which we connected with the ferry to Tarbert on Harris.
Details of Skye sites
First, we departed our lodgings in Kyleakin on the southern edge of the Isle of Skye.
Skye Bridge at Kyleakin
Video clip of Sligachan
After Sligachan we moved to Portree which is the de facto 'capital' of Skye.
View of Cuillin Hills from Portree
Kilt Rock and waterfall (library pic.) Due to unusually dry weather conditions the waterfall was reduced to a trickle at time of our visit.
Quiraing, Trotternish. This is a library pic as unable to stop and park owing to volume of parked vehicles.
Fairy Glen. This is a small valley populated with conical shaped hillocks. Library pic.
Uig Bay with moored ferry. This is a library pic.
Uig-Tarbert Ferry at Uig
Isle of Harris Distillery
Upon arrival at Tarbert, Harris our key focus was the newly established distillery. Here, we were fortunate to benefit from a private tour. At this stage of development, the main product is an award-winning gin. In addition to the gin still we were able to view the mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes for whisky.
Washbacks for fermentation
Video clip of distillery
Maturing whisky casks one of which has been signed by Prince Charles.
Isle of Harris Gin
Tonight we stay at a charming B&B situated on the banks of West Loch Tarbert.
West Loch Tarbert
Tomorrow we travel north to neighbouring Lewis which is rich in archaeological sites.
The publication Visitors' Guide to Scotland incorporates a wide range of information on Scotland's islands. ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.