Between Harris and North Uist lies the Isle of Berneray – an important link in our Hebridean island chain surrounded by the waters of the sound of Harris.
With a new ferry terminal built in 1990 facilitating regular sailings to and from Leverburgh and a 900 metre-long causeway to North Uist officially opened by Prince Charles on the eve of the millennium, Berneray is more easily accessible than ever before.
Like many of its Hebridean neighbours, Berneray is an island that combines stunning scenery with a rich history and heritage, with information on both available at the Nurses Cottage visitor centre, a short hop from the harbour.
The centre offers exhibitions on island heritage with and Hebridean genealogy and is perfect place to ask knowledgeable local volunteers for advice on your island itinerary – but make sure you schedule in some time to stop here and watch the seals who are an almost constant presence, basking on the rocks below.
For an alternative introduction to what the area has to offer, head for the signposted Berneray Circular Walk from Borve, which will lead you on a magical mystery tour through the island’s rich history and diverse natural heritage.
See the imposing Cladh Maolrithe standing stone, which is buried eight feet into the ground and stands the same height above it with breathtaking vistas across the beach and out to stunning clear blue waters of the Atlantic or visit the site of the rare Pictish square burial cairn at Ardmaree, only discovered in 1998 when work commenced on the new causeway.
For pure sensory pleasure, visit Berneray’s amazing beaches – which offer seascapes so stunning they were once mistaken for exotic Thai resorts by the country’s own tourism bosses.
Choose between the exciting Traigh Beasdaire east beach – where conditions are perfect for wind and kite-surfing - and the three mile stretch of machair bordered wonderful white sand that is the West Beach.
Alternatively head for one of the many tiny coves on the island’s south coast – perfect places for spotting sea life, or simply have a relax and recharge before continuing your Outer Hebridean explorations.
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