Harris Beach named one of the best in the world

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Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

Luskentyre has been named one of the best beaches in world alongside Brazil, Florida and South Africa, by Time Magazine, according to the Sun.

I’m not at all surprised, just look at the stunning turquoise water and prisitine white sands. Sure, it’s got an average temperature of a brisk 7 degrees, but for a hardy Scots lassie like myself, that’s nothing!

While exploring Lewis and Harris last November, I paid a brief visit to this reputed stretch of sandy glory on a bracing autumn afternoon while making my way to the Seallam! Centre in Northton. You have not truly experienced a gale until you go to the Outer Hebrides. We battled our way to the beach, determined to have our Luskentyre experience as wind-blown sand stung our eyes and the mists swirled around the surrounding brooding hills. No chance for a wee ‘dook’ then. Still, at least from the comfort of a heated car, there was no mistaking the beauty of Luskentyre.

The day after I was in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, where it had rained all morning until we reached Uig Sands (of Lewis Chessmen fame). Miraculously, as the day was gloaming, it stopped raining and we were treated to a glorious sunset as the sun rays lit up the sky and the rain-soaked clouds in a torrent of colour. Another real contenteder for ‘Best Beach in the World’.

Uig Sands, Lewis

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Jade Smith