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North Harris


(Ceann a Tuath na Hearadh)

The section of the Harris which lies to the north of the narrow isthmus which separates West Loch Tarbert from East Loch Tarbert, North Harris is physiographically distinguished from the northern part of the long island of Lewis-with-Harris owing to its altitude. North Harris (Gael: Ceann a Tuath na Hearadh) was also once administratively divided from Lewis by the boundary between the old counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty. That boundary ran along the middle of Loch Resort, across moorland to the south of Loch Langabhat, to meet Loch Seaforth at Seaforth Island and then descending through the lower reaches of that loch. The road from Lewis climbs steeply from Loch Seaforth passing to the east of Clisham (799m / 2622 feet), which is the highest point in North Harris. The North Harris Estate, once run from Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, is now owned by the community. Beyond Tarbert, at the isthmus, there are no settlements of any significance in North Harris.


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