Well … I couldn’t go to Harris without getting some tweed could I?!
Almost the first thing you see as you get off the ferry at Tarbert is the red and white Harris Tweed warehouse. What a sight it is – stuffed full, floor to ceiling with bolts of the stuff – my eyes and hands didn’t know where to start.
This tweed is a product that reeks of Outer Hebridean culture and tradition. Wool is dyed and spun in small factories in Harris and Lewis and then hand-woven by islanders in their own homes. With over 8000 different designs and colour combinations each bolt references different aspects of the landscape and is unique – I found it virtually impossible to choose and spent a very happy time pulling out bolts, touching and deciding. It was woolly fabric heaven!