Isle of Harris Mountain Festival 2013

Some of last year's festival-goers at the summit of Leosobhal
Some of last year's festival-goers at the summit of Leosobhal

The 2013 Isle of Harris Mountain Festival will be taking place this year from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st of September.

This will be the third annual event, organised by the North Harris Trust, who hope to build on the successes of the previous two years to bring you the best festival yet!

Harris is a spectacular place with a great diversity of scenery, brilliant hillwalking, and is prime habitat for an array of high profile wildlife, including Golden Eagles, Otters, and Red Deer.

It is hoped that the mountain festival will bring visitors and locals together to enjoy what Harris has to offer. Set in September, the Festival aims to attract visitors to Harris outside the main tourist season.

As the name suggests, the festival is a week-long celebration of the mountains of Harris. Highlights from the festival programme include:

- Guided walks going on every day, including a day-long walk around the spectacular Clisham Horseshoe, Machair Walks with the “Barefoot Shepherdess” Alison O’Neill, a Golden Eagle walk, a community walk from Meavaig to Bogha Glas, and other walks into the Harris Hills.

- Guest speakers: Cameron McNeish giving a presentation about the influential naturalist John Muir; renowned natural history photographer Laurie Campbell on some of his recent work; and long distance walker Chris Townsend will give an account of his most recent expedition, a 1200km continuous walk along the Scottish Watershed.

- A full day photographic workshop with Laurie Campbell.

- Outdoor sports taster sessions – sea kayaking, mountain biking, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

- Film nights – screenings of the 2012 animated film ‘Brave’, as well as ‘Touching the Void’.

- Powerboat tours of Loch Seaforth

- The return of the Raft Race in East Loch Tarbert, and the Rhenigidale Hill Race

- Exhibitions from local galleries

- A festival dance

The North Harris Trust, one of the largest community owned estates in Scotland, would like to thank Scottish Natural Heritage, the John Muir Trust and Carnegie UK Trust for supporting the festival.

For up to date information about this year’s programme, please visit www.harrismountainfestival.com

And for bookings email info@harrismountainfestival.com or contact the North Harris Trust on 01859 502222