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Lewis and Harris is the most northerly island of the Outer Hebrides, extending to 841 square miles (over 2,000 square kilometres). It is the largest island in Scotland. The island is separated from the mainland, 24 miles (39 kilometres) to the east, by the Minch - a very rough ferry crossing if you take that route to the islands.
Despite being part of the same island, Lewis (which forms the larger part of the island, to the north) and Harris (in the south) are separated by a natural barrier of mountains and moorland. The physical and cultural differences have resulted in the two effectively being regarded as separate islands.
The west coast is by far the more suited to accommodation, the east being very rough and not very fertile. During the Highland Clearances people were driven out of the west to make way for their absentee landlords (lairds) to make money from sheep. Some went to the east coast, others emigrated - particularly to Australia and Canada.
Be warned - these islands get far more than their share of heavy rain. It never gets really warm here, nor is it very cold in winter. Better pack warm clothes and raingear though at all times.
|Avg Max||6.7 °C||6.8 °C||7.9 °C||9.6 °C||12.1 °C||14.4 °C||15.5 °C||15.7 °C||13.9 °C||11.9 °C||8.6 °C||7.4 °C|
|Avg Min||1.7 °C||1.4 °C||2.3 °C||3.3 °C||5.9 °C||8.3 °C||9.9 °C||9.8 °C||8.4 °C||6.4 °C||3.1 °C||2.3 °C|
|Rainfall||122 mm||85 mm||105 mm||65 mm||61 mm||63 mm||73 mm||84 mm||116 mm||138 mm||133 mm||128 mm|
Inverness to Ullapool.
|Heb Hostel||25 Kenneth St Stornoway||Hostel||-|
as well as Sander (3%)
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