The Isle of Harris Mountain Festival is well under way today (Thursday May 2nd), with events over four days encouraging people out to enjoy the hills and trails of North Harris.

A children’s activity day at the Scaladale Centre tomorrow (Friday May 3rd) is already sold out, with 50 children aged eight and over set to enjoy water sports, archery and abseiling.

There’s still plenty of space available for other activities though, including tomorrow’s guided walk around the Cliseam, one of Harris's classic mountain routes, taking in the highest point in the Western Isles at 799m. The walk starts off by following the Scaladale River on an old, vague path before heading up, via stunning views from ridges and summits, towards the summit of An Cliseam.

Also tomorrow is a whale and dolphin-spotting session at Outend, Scalpay, which will be followed by an indoor, classroom-based session on identifying cetaceans, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s Shorewatch team.

On Saturday an intermediate level guided mountain bike trek will start from the eagle observatory at Glen Meavaig.

Full details on starting times and booking are available from the Isle of Harris Mountain Festival Facebook page at