Harris Distillery is running out of bottles

The Isle of Harris Distillery is rationing sales of gin, after running out of bottles.

The specialist glass manufacturer, Stölzle, have closed their Yorkshire factory until September for a major furnace renewal, forcing distillery bosses to enforce rationing on its hugely successful tipple.

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Isle of Harris Mountain Festival updated timetable

The updated schedule for the Isle of Harris Mountain Festival is included here - changes compared to the details published in this month's EVENTS newspaper are highlighted in yellow.

For the very first time there is a mountain biking event at the festival. This challenging race will follow a track through some of the most spectacular scenery that Harris has to offer. The race will begin at Meavaig (NB 102 063), through to Bowglas, then along the old postman's track to the Clisham, down to Marig and then through to Urgha finishing in Tarbert. This race is not for the faint-hearted and organisers request that only experienced and confident riders apply for entry. (10th September)
Also for the less experienced bikers there will be a guided Mountain Bike Ride. This guided bike ride will go from Meavaig (NB102 063) through to Bowglas (NB 186 115). The 11 mile cycle will go at a gentle pace through Glen Meavaig, up past Loch Vorshmid, drop down into Glen Langadale and come back to the main road at Bowglas. A number of guides will accompany those cycling along the route offering help and advice to navigate the sometimes challenging terrain. (10th September)

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What's happening in Scaladale?

It has been a great summer down at Scaladale and now that the local schools are going back we are ringing the changes and running some Scaladale Wild Days Out, starting this week.

Fancy going kayaking, climbing, coasteering or ghyll scrambling? The costs are £35 for an adult half day session and £25 for an under 17 half day session with all the equipment provided.

These are open sessions, so you can come along with some friends or just join the others booked on the day.

On Wednesday (24th) we are running a Kids Club so if you have visitors staying with you who have youngsters who are still on holiday, that's a full day of activities for £40.

There are a limited number of sessions planned over the next two weeks. Have a look at our website and book a place before they fill up.

Look for the Wild Days Out at www.scaladale-centre.co.uk



Allan visits community groups in Harris

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan undertook a range of engagements in Harris including yesterday (Monday) meetings with the West Harris Trust, the Bays of Harris buyout steering group and South Harris Community Council.

Alasdair Allan commented: “It was great to be able to spend the day in Harris, speaking to local residents and community organisations about their concerns.

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Tide Lines concert in Tarbert