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More About Leverburgh

Leverburgh is situated at the south end of the Island of Harris, one of a group of Islands known as the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles, which are off the North West coast of Scotland, UK. It is the second largest village on the Island, Tarbert being the largest.

Leverburgh is the second largest settlement, after Tarbert, on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) of Scotland. Situated on South Harris, the village is superbly placed to serve as a base for a Harris vacation enjoying the multitude of stunning beaches and spectacular scenery all within a short driving distance.

Driving along the Harris roads you will notice many lovely coves that are well worth pulling over to enjoy all the more, however, such sights are so common that it can take a considerable amount of time to get across this most wonderful island. If you want to explore more of the Hebrides then Leverburgh is where to catch the ferry over to the Uists.

Leverburgh Village

Dotted around Leverburgh, and across Harris and the Hebrides, you will notice numerous ruined buildings. Some are genuine prehistoric sites, some ancient and important buildings while most are derelict black houses which were vacated during the time of the clearances and when the family was able to build a more modern building. Often these buildings were converted for use by livestock but, sadly, most are little more than low lying walls. Accommodation in Leverburgh is typical of the islands, that is very high quality with an extremely friendly atmosphere.

Travel to Leverburgh and the Isle of Harris

You can travel by air to the Western Isles from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness on a daily basis to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Then travel 56 miles along the A859 towards South Harris. A good bus service operates on a daily basis from Stornoway to most of Harris and is run by Hebridean Transport Ltd, for more details on timetables, etc click on the links below.

Alternatively cross on the Caledonian MacBraynes car ferry "Mv Hebrides" from the Isle of Skye to Tarbert in North Harris. You can also come over from North Uist on the "Mv Loch Poirtan" car ferry to Leverburgh in South Harris and travel North through the island.

Leverburgh History

The village of Leverburgh was originally known as An t-Ob, or its Anglicised equivalent of "Obbe". It was changed to Leverburgh in 1921 with the breaking of the first of two waves of change that were to sweep over the village in the 1900s. The name An t-Ob means "the creek" and at the end of the 1800s the settlement here had a weekly steamer to Glasgow and an inn, and supported a small fishing community.

In 1918 Lord Leverhume, founder of the multinational company Unilever, purchased the whole of Lewis and Harris. An t-Ob was part of the Earl of Dunmore's South Harris estate, which Lord Leverhume brought for £36,000. Over the following five years he set to work to transform the economy of Lewis in particular, spending the better part of a million pounds in the process. In 1923 he gave up his plans for Lewis, deciding instead to concentrate on Harris.

An t-Ob, renamed Leverburgh in 1921, was to be the centre of an economic empire founded on fish. Lord Leverhume built and equipped fishing boats and set up a processing plant at Leverburgh including fish smoking and refrigeration facilities, warehousing and accommodation. The idea was to use aircraft to spot shoals of herring, which the fishing boats would then catch and return to Leverburgh for processing. These would supply a 400 strong chain of retail fish shops, called MacFisheries, that Lord Leverhume proposed to set up throughout the UK.

Lord Leverhume died of pneumonia after a trip to Africa in May 1925. £250,000 had been spent on new works and facilities in Leverburgh, but Leverhume's dream died with him, and the plant at Leverburgh was sold for just £5,000 to a demolition company. The vast South Harris estate, purchased in 1918 for £36,000, was sold for just £900.

Today, all that remains of Lord Leverhume's investment are some of the village houses, the Leverhume Memorial School, and the name of the village: and the last of these is gradually shifting back to the original An t-Ob as the move to reintroduce original Gaelic names across the Western Isles gathers momentum.

The result by the mid 1990s was described by Hamish Haswell-Smith in the first edition of The Scottish Islands as "a small, sad, rather down-at-heel port". Things started to change for the better in June 1996 when a second wave of change broke over the village.

This was the start of a direct vehicle ferry across the Sound of Harris from Leverburgh to Otternish on North Uist (it now goes to Berneray). No-one really knew what to expect of this new service: previously it had been necessary to use the triangular service linking Tarbert and Lochmaddy with Uig on Skye to transport a vehicle to North Uist from Harris.

What happened exceeded even the most optimistic of projections, and the Sound of Harris Ferry has been a runaway success. So much so that in 2003 a new, much larger (and quieter), vessel, the MV Loch Portain, took over the service. The impact on Leverburgh has been dramatic and positive. New facilities and services have opened up and it has even been necessary to build a new road to allow ferry traffic to bypass the higher parts of the village.

The result is that Leverburgh is making its way in the 3rd Millennium with a sense of optimism it hasn't experienced since the two short years from 1923 to 1925. Only this time it is based on something a little more substantial than one man's dream.


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