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4 months 4 weeks ago #18 by alltheseasons
Leverburgh Latitude 57.77022° N Longitude -7.01022° E
Leverburgh Postcode HS5 3UB
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  • Leverburgh Latitude 57.77022° N Longitude -7.01022° E
  • Leverburgh Postcode HS5 3UB
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Leverburgh on the south west face of Harris, is a small town and fishing port, but also a somewhat pathetic reminder of the late Lord Leverhulme’s unstinting efforts to transform the little village into a major fishing port.

After he had been practically forced to abandon his schemes for Lewis he concentrated his ideas on Harris.

He chose the village of' Obbe but disliked the name, and the villagers themselves suggested that it be renamed Leverburgh.

Lord Leverhulme set about building a large pier, houses, kippering sheds, roads and lighthouses and blasted away some underwater rocks to clear the harbour, he brought in machinery and technicians, and many local people found sudden prosperity. Most of the work was completed in 1924, and the first fish landings were beyond expectation, but Lord Leverhulme died a year later and his schemes were halted.

He had intended these rather as a means of improving the economy of the district than as a profitable commercial venture, but his successors felt otherwise, closed down the whole scheme and sold up most of the assets. All that remains as his memorial is an improved harbour, some houses, a spinning mill at Geocrab and an attractive road to Finsbay.

There is another road along the coast to the village of Strond and Borrisdale, from which there are fine views of north Uist across the Sound of Harris. A ferry operates in summer between Leverburgh and Berneray and Newton Ferry in north Uist, and boats may be hired to explore the many other islands.

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