Last night I was in our village hall in St Boswells to hear Ben Fogle speak on his new book “The Accidental Naturalist” about his lifetime love of animals. He concentrated on this during his talk but did mention his time on Taransay and said
” Of all the places in the world that I have been to in the world the Outer Hebrides is the most beautiful place in the world.”
I haven’t travelled as extensively as Ben Fogle but I would agree with the above comment and in particular I fell totally in love with the Island of Harris during our holiday in Lewis. I have wanted to visit Harris for years partly due to the 2000 Castaway Show and partly due to working for VisitScotland (in a previous life) and being drawn to the images of the beaches on Harris.
On holiday I quite often leave the outing I want to do most till the end of the holiday. But this year I wanted to visit Harris on the first week so that we could visit again the next week. It takes roughly an hour to travel from Lewis to Harris and as we travelled over the hills we got more and more excited. We were not disappointed Harris was spread before us aqua, light and deep blue and all the greens in the world.
We spent the day on Luskentyre Beach which has been voted the best beach in the UK I would argue perhaps in the world. I could have stayed there for ever gazing over to Taransay. We did stay as long as possible. Reading, playing cricket, paddling and walking along the beach. A memory that will stay with me over the winter.
We did go back to Harris the next week as well and again visited Luskentyre beach as well as the Isle of Scalpay and exploring further along the coast. That day as well as just taking in the wonderful colours we also visited the Hebrides Art run by Lesley Wiseman. If you ever visit Harris do visit the cafe is wonderful and I just loved that the focus on art and crafts is on the colours of Harris! Plus the customer service was excellent and the information book that they have to tell their story was the best I have ever seen and an example for other tourism businesses.
We fell in love with Harris so much so that three days after we returned we booked a two-week holiday on Harris for next year. That island of aqua, light and deep blues and greens has captured me I suspect forever. If you get the chance do visit and don’t just take my word for it Ben Fogle worldwide explorer agrees as well.