It is surprising how much work (and money!) goes into the ground.
West Harris is an area of sandy machair (beautiful grasses and flowers growing on sand blown on the wind), and also areas of rock beneath and penetrating the surface. The rock is called gneiss, and is some of the oldest and hardest rock on the planet.
Trying to find a way forward, we met Jonathan Bridge, who is a chartered civil engineer living on South Uist. Jonathan is a meticulous man, with huge technical knowledge - and he was ready to take on the challenge of turning our dream into a reality.
Our love of Harris started in 1977, when we went for our honeymoon. In those days, nobody knew it existed (“Harris? You mean Paris don’t you?”).
After 10 glorious cloudless days, with twilight nights with the moon hanging in a velvet sky, we were smitten. We returned year after year, and as our children came along (all 7 of them!), Harris quickly became part of their childhoods.