Local Interest

Church of St. Clement at Rodel is situated at the southern tip of Harris. The church was built in the 16th century by Alexander MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan, otherwise known as Alasdair Crotach (humpback), due to a sword wound. The main features of interest are three tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights, and the tomb of Alexander. The church is open to the public and run by 'Historic Scotland'. The church is normally open and there is no entry charge. Good views from the tower, however, it must be pointed out that the steps are nearly vertical, and the staircase narrow.

The Isle of Taransay lies just off the west coast of South Harris, and was used to film the BBC programme, Castaway 2000. It can be best viewed from the roadside parking place between Horgabost and Borve. Originally, the island supported three villages, Raa, Paibil and Horgabost. Uidh. By the mid 1800's they amalgamated into one farm based on Paibil. Only one family remained on the island until the 1970's and now the island is unoccupied apart from sheep and deer. During the summer, boat trips go out to the island.

Beaches are probably the feature of Harris that impresses most visitors. The colour of the water, even on a dull day, and the purity of the sand are simply stunning. The beaches range from the huge expanses of Traigh Losgaintir (Luskentyre) and Traigh Sgarastaigh (Scarista) to little sheltered coves beside the road at Na Buirgh (Borve). Behind the beaches are the machairs - green grassy plains covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer.

Harris Tweed is probably the best known of all the products of Lewis and Harris. Harris Tweed WeavingThe hard wearing, and now fashionable again cloth, has been woven in the homes of the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra for hundreds of years.

The Clo Mhor, 'the Big Cloth' began in Strond, thanks to an island aristocrat and two sisters, born on the tiny offshore island of Paabay. The Countess of Dunmore, widow of the Earl of the same title - then the laird round here - paid for and trained Christine and Marion Macleod to produce the cloth, initially for herself, but then for wider sale.

She sent them for training to mills on the mainland and the Macleods were to become known as the Paisley Sisters.

Today there's a plaque next to the ruin of the Paisley Sisters' home which is a couple of minutes walk from Mìle Sgeir.