Welcome to South Harris

The east coast is a complete contrast to the west – a strange, rocky moonscape of naked gneiss pocked with tiny lochans, the bleakness lightened by the occasional splash of green around the few crofting communities. Film buffs will know that the psychedelic sequences depicting an alien landscape in 2001: A Space Odyssey were shot from an aircraft flying over Harris' east coast.

The narrow, twisting road that winds along this coast is known locally as the Golden Road because of the vast amount of money it cost per mile. It was built in the 1930s to link all the tiny communities known as ‘The Bays’.

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South Harris in detail