The islands of the Outer Hebrides are currently basking in summer sunshine, much to the delight of visitors and locals alike. Our far northerly latitude also affords us some of the longest days in the United Kingdom to enjoy as much of this special time of year as possible.
While mention of our part of the world often conjours up instant images of windswept moor and mighty mountain, our rugged coastline, particularly the Atlantic facing western shores, also hide some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
A relentless ocean surf pounds silica and sea-shell into the finest of white sands and from vast bays to secret coves, pristine shallow seas acquiesce upon our land and glitter in glorious blues and greens. At the northern tip of Lewis lies Traigh Shanndaigh at Eoropie, a golden crescent unchanged since the days Vikings hauled their longships ashore, while travelling down the west coast an avid beach-hunter can take in the twin delights of Dal Mor and Dal Beag (close to the ‘Harris Tweed’ mills at Carloway and Shawbost), the magnificent Traigh na Beirghe at Riof, the deep tidal bay of Ardroil and the rugged sands at Mangersta.
However it is Harris that holds the jewels in our northerly golden crown, boasting the world-class sands of Luskentyre, Seilebost and Horgabost, truly awe-inspiring in their scale and beauty. And there are more, just explore a little further and you’ll find the out-of-the-way Husinis and many others, while to the south, down through our long island chain to North and South Uist and onwards, you’ll discover even more…
As ever, we draw inspiration from the myriad of sandy shades, the ever changing sea hues and natural pigments revealed in seaweed, shell and rock. Yarn is spun from 100% pure new wool dyed in golds and yellows, bright whites and subtle dusky browns, briny greens and rock pool greys, each flecked with as many grains of colour as our sandy shores themselves.
Enjoy the summer wherever you are, it may not be the weather for your favourite Harris Tweed clothing but a tactile tweed throw or well-packed tweed tote bag can keep your favourite cloth close to hand on even the hottest of sea-side days!