Harris Mtn Festival Returns September

The 2013 Isle of Harris Mountain Festival takes place in September with a series of walks, talks and more.

One of last year's guided walks on Huiseabhal Mor, 142 kb
One of last year's guided walks on Huiseabhal Mor
© Isle of Harris Mountain Festival

This is the third annual event put on by the North Harris Trust, and organisers hope to build on the success of the previous two years to bring the best festival yet.

'Harris is an amazing place where seas and mountains meet, hosting some of the most spectacular and rugged mountain scenery in the world' says Festival Co-ordinator & North Harris Ranger Matt Watts.

'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.

The festival is a week-long celebration of the mountains of Harris, featuring a busy programme of guided walks, talks, outdoor sports taster sessions, photography workshops, film nights, live music, a raft race, and more. So far organisers have confirmed bookings for two guest speakers, natural history photographer Laurie Campbell and the "barefoot shepherdess" Alison O'Neill.

The guided walks led by the North Harris Ranger Service proved popular in previous years, and this year's programme offers a range of trips to suit all abilities, including ascents of some of Harris' most impressive summits, a "golden eagle" walk, and a community walk. They're a perfect way to learn about the rich natural and cultural heritage of Harris, say oranisers.

The 25,000 ha (62,000 acres) of North Harris make up one of the largest community owned estates in Scotland. The North Harris Trust manages the land on behalf of the community.

The festival takes place Saturday 14 - Saturday 21 September. For more info see the festival website.

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