Theme Week Outer Hebrides – Great Bernera

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Camas Bostadh beach © geograph.org.uk - Anne Burgess/cc-by-sa-2.0

Camas Bostadh beach © geograph.org.uk – Anne Burgess/cc-by-sa-2.0

Great Bernera (Scottish Gaelic: Beàrnaraigh Mòr), often known just as Bernera (Scottish Gaelic: Beàrnaraigh), is an island and community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With an area of just over 21 square kilometres (8 square miles), it is the thirty-fourth largest Scottish island.

Great Bernera lies in Loch Roag on the north-west coast of Lewis and is linked to it by a road bridge. Built in 1953, the bridge was the first pre-stressed concrete bridge in Europe. The main settlement on the island is Breaclete (Gaelic: Breacleit).

Tursachan, the Callanish VIII megalithic monument overlooks the bridge from Lewis © Tumulus/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tòb Bhalasaigh sea loch at Tobson © geograph.org.uk - Andrew Curtis/cc-by-sa-2.0 Camas Bostadh beach © geograph.org.uk - Anne Burgess/cc-by-sa-2.0 Footbridge to Bhalasaigh © geograph.org.uk - Dr Julian Paren/cc-by-sa-2.0 Tobson © geograph.org.uk - Gordon Hatton/cc-by-sa-2.0 Iron Age Stonehouse in Bostadh - Paige Beresford/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lobster ponds © geograph.org.uk - Graham Orriss/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Tursachan, the Callanish VIII megalithic monument overlooks the bridge from Lewis © Tumulus/cc-by-sa-3.0
The island, under the name of “Borva”, was the setting for A Princess of Thule (1873) by the Scottish novelist William Black. The novel is notable for its descriptions of the local scenery.

Great Bernera’s population is mainly dependent on lobster fishing, crofting, tourism and arts & crafts. Fertile machair pasture permits sheep and cattle grazing. A processing plant was built at Kirkibost in 1972 which was later closed and redeveloped as a state-of-the-art music recording studio. In 2022, a new pontoon was built close to Kirkibost Pier and further developments such as camper van hook up points, laundrette and shower are opening in 2023. There are still a few weavers but this is no longer one of the main industries. Breacleit is home to a small museum, church, community centre with gym, sports halls, café and shop, self service fuel pump, electric vehicle charge points, fire station, community polytunnels and doctor’s surgery.

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