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Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris Scotland has the oldest rocks in Europe, some over 3,000m years ago which is around two-thirds as old as the Earth itself. Lewisian Gneiss is the most common and was formed from volcanism and bending and stretching of the Earths crust then exposed by glaciers, oceans and weather. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey used Harris as a backdrop for Jupiter. Yup, outta this world!

Peat cutting on Isle of Harris
Peat cutting on Isle of Harris

 

Drying peat for winter burning in homes.
Drying peat for winter burning in homes.

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Isle of Harris Scotland

On leaving the campsite on Isle of Harris Scotland I noticed someone waiting for a bus, so I offered a lift. One of many pleasures of rural Scottish highlands is be friendly and you get friendly. They love to share the island and the culture with you.

Rainbow on Loch an Luig
Rainbow on Loch an Luig

Hebridean weather is driven by the jetsteam and prevailing south west atlantic winds. I experienced many changes from sunshine, howling horizontal rain, oodles of rainbows then beautiful sunshine – within an hour. Photography becomes a waiting game, but unlike most places it changes quickly so you often get your wish many times in one day.

Across Sound of Taransay, south isle of harris scotland
Across Sound of Taransay, south

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