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Lewis and Harris are in fact one island and can be reached by ferry either from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway or Uig on Skye or via the southern Western Isles from Lochmaddy to Tarbet.
Lewis is quite flat to the north but hilly to the south where it meets Harris, which is very hilly with seven mountains. The Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most stunning beaches in Scotland, and Lewis and Harris have their fair share of white sand beaches and blue seas.
The islands are rich with history from the Callanish stones to the Lewis chessmen and some of the oldest artefacts in the UK have been found on the island as well as from Iron Age forts and standing stones.
There is a strong cultural heritage on Lewis and Harris, where the Clan MacLeod hales from. Gaelic is still spoken alongside English and it is the music of the Gaels that can be heard at social functions throughout the island, where young people take pride in learning the songs and instruments of their forebears.
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From the Butt of Lewis to Leverburgh in the south of Harris, there is much to see, in the way of wildlife, birds and scenery.