Isle of Harris Mountain Festival

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The North Harris Trust, community landowners of the 66,000 acre North Harris Estate (www.north-harris.org), has announced the launch of the inaugural Isle of Harris Mountain Festival.

The Festival will run for a week between Saturday, September 24th and Saturday, October 1st and will feature an exciting program of guided walks, talks, sea kayaking, mountain films, and more.

Confirmed Guest Speakers are well known TV presenter and lifelong mountain enthusiast Cameron McNeish and Laurie Campbell, Scotland’s best known natural history photographer.

Laurie Campbell will also be running a photography workshop and will be displaying work in Harris.

Two evenings will be dedicated to showing mountain themed films from around the world.

There will also be Kayak taster sessions, youth activities, and a Festival Ceilidh at the end of the week.

North Harris Ranger, Robin Reid, will be leading a special Guided Walks programme including a 12 mile community walk from Bogha Glas to Miabhaig nam Beann, along the longest stretch of path in the Western Isles.

He said: “The Isle of Harris is fortunate enough to have an extensive network of paths criss-crossing the island and this makes more remote parts of the island accessible to casual walkers, not just seasoned hill climbers.

“Harris is a spectacular place where seas and mountains meet, hosting some of the most spectacular and rugged mountain scenery in the world. It is hoped that the mountain festival will bring visitors and locals together to enjoy what Harris has to offer.

“Set at the end of September we hope that the Festival will attract visitors to Harris outside the main tourist season.”

For updates on the festival log on to: www.harrismountainfestival.com an