Getting ready for the Harris Mountain Festival

Each year the festival has many different activities for participants to take part in.
Each year the festival has many different activities for participants to take part in.

The 2016 Isle of Harris Mountain Festival takes place between Saturday 3th and Saturday 10th of September and is seen as an amazing opportunity to discover everything that one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland has to offer.

This, the sixth year of the festival has an event schedule packed with events focusing on outdoor activities that are available on Harris.

The programme includes a range of guided walks led by the North Harris Ranger Service, from stunning ridges and glens to glorious coastlines – including a set of superb hill walks and the North Harris Trust’s famous Eagle Walk.

New to this year’s festival is mountain biking. Mountain biking is extremely popular across Scotland and the Isle of Harris has some of the best biking trails anywhere.

The organisers hope to cater to all levels of mountain biker, starting off with a challenging race for the more experienced and a guided mountain bike ride for those new to the sport.

Hire bikes will be available for the guided ride but there will be limited numbers so early booking will be essential.

We hope that the race will grow year on year and become a big draw from cyclists across the UK and beyond!

There will be a range of guest speakers at this year’s festival including Seven Summits mountaineer, James Ogilvie, who will return to speak about his recent worldwide mountain climbing expeditions including reaching the top of Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Scottish adventure film-maker and director of renown Finalcrux Films, Euan Ryan will be presenting “There’s No Easy Option” The story of Finalcrux films.

For those who enjoy more sedate pastimes there will be fishing taster sessions in both fresh and salt water.

They will also be running the ever-popular photography workshops including an adventure photography for beginners session with Euan Ryan.

There will also be a host of other activities and events through the week delivered by partner organisations, including Segway trekking, sea kayaking taster sessions and powerboat tours.

Spaces on some activities are limited so advance booking is highly recommended.

To book contact: ranger@north-harris.org, 01859 502222 Download or check out the full, action-packed programme at www.north-harris.org, and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for any updates.