The Isle of Harris has many contrasting shorelines, from the sandy bays of the west to the rocky inlets on the east side. This was a refreshing hour's walk along a peninsula shown on the OS Map as the Carminish Islands, at Leverburgh in the south of the island. There are a few muddy areas and some seaweed covered rocks to tread carefully across, but it's a lively landscape of little hills and tidal bays. This gives an interesting foreground to the fine views of the coastal hills.
The sun came out in bursts, between bursts of rain! We were visiting friends who were staying in a remarkable holiday house at Strond, Leverburgh, at the southern end of Harris - now voted the Channel 4 Grand Designs Home of the Year for 2008!
- I'll remember most the unusual shape of the ground we were walking over
- The best bit was seeing the young girls enjoying themselves splashing in the bay and clambering over the mounds of grass and rock
- The worst bit was the sudden shower just as we were turning back
- A word of warning - wear boots or wellies!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Scotland page for links to other stories
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|Location||Carminish on the Strond coast road from Leverburgh|
|Date walked||7 April 2008|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||An easy walk but care required crossing some sections of the route|
|Distance||1.5 miles, 2.5 km approx|
|Time taken||1 hrs 15 mins|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 18 - Sound of Harris|
|Walk source info||Exploring|
|Getting there||21 miles driving from Tarbert on the A859|
|Places to stay||Various hotels, guest houses and self catering around the island, including Leverburgh and Rodel nearby. Designer self-catering house at Carminish.|