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Malcolm Surgenor By Malcolm Surgenor

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Na Buirgh to Leac a Li, Outer Hebrides

Na Buirgh to Leac a Li

We spent a week on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland recently and I managed to get out cycling on two of the seven days.  The weather was not great - whilst the rest of the UK was basking in blue skies with temperatures in the mid to high twenties, Harris was grey and cloudy and just 13c. But at least it was dry.  

This video was meant to cover a circular route of the whole island however I suffered a corruption of the memory card in my GoPro camera and ended up having to split the video into three. The siren sound at the start of the video is my Garmin Incident Alert as I stopped quickly to fix the video corruption error! The gaps between the videos ended up being quite small but they would have been noticeable. The previous video to this is here and the one that follows is here, or you can follow all three via this playlist.

The landscape on the West of the Isle of Harris is completely different from that of the East. Most of the tourist traffic heads to the beautiful beaches on the West coast., The East coast however is very rocky and indeed the barren landscapes stood in for the planet Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Space Oddesy film.

This video takes you from Na Buirgh to Leac a Li completing the West coast part of the journey.  I've used the Gaelic place names in these videos as actually, that's all that is listed on 99% of the road signs. Most of the roads in Harris are single track roads with passing places and it's very cycling friendly with the majority of drivers giving you plenty of space.  This part of the ride passes all the famous and iconic beaches on Harris - Scarista, Borve, Horgabost, Seilebost, Luskintyre and Huisinis. There's then a climb almost to the highest point on Harris before we turn to head back down the East coast which is in the next video.

 


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