WHAT TO DO IN BERNERAY (Beàrnaraigh)
‘Bjorn’s island’ or Berneray from Old Norse is connected to North Uist via the
causeway that was built in 1998. It has a visitor information centre, a post office, a
shop, a tea room and church. It is also the port for the inter-island ferry service to
Leverburgh in Harris.
Berneray is most famous for its three mile expanse of white sandy beach that
extends along its west coast but there are smaller and just as stunningly beautiful
beaches on its’ south and east coasts and on Traigh Beasdaire east
beach conditions are just perfect for wind and kite-surfing. Parallel to the beach on
the west coast is the machair (grassy coastland plain) with its array of brightly
coloured wildflowers; a great place to walk.
If you are looking for something to climb then Beinn Buirgh and Beinn Shlèibhe are
the two highest hills. Needless to say they both afford magnificent views on a clear
The Nurse’s Cottage is a great place to visit in the summer and is run by local
volunteers. The cottage is a visitor centre and combines both historical and
contemporary information. There is also a nearby Seal Viewing Point from which you
can watch the seals lounging on the rocks.
At Beinn a’ Chlaidh there is a standing stone that dates back to the Neolithic Age
and stands eight feet above the ground and eight feet below.
One of Berneray’s most notable sons was Angus Macaskill (Aonghas Mor
MacAsgaill). He lived in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for most of his life and he was
said to be the world’s tallest man: a giant standing at a height of 7 foot 9 inches.
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