Bunavoneader Whaling Station

Bunavoneader, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AL

Type:Monuments & Ruins

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Image: Bun Abhainn Eadarra. Looking towards the old whaling station. © Copyright Mike Pennington and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Set up in the early 1900's the station was run by a Norwegian company. In the early 1920's it was bought over by Lord Leverhulme until 1929 when it closed. It reopened for a brief period in the 1950's.

Most immediately visible is the square, brick-built chimney, originally one of three. Surrounding this are a multitude of concrete platforms that mark the locations of buildings, sheds and working floors that were used during the site's 60 year history from its establishment before 1907.

Along the shore are the remains of a dock, against which the whaling-pursuit ships moored while the catch was hauled up the slipway.

Although whaling was practiced throughout the North Atlantic, this is now the most intact example of a whaling station in the northern hemisphere.

The Whaling Station is a scheduled monument of national importance as the best preserved example in Scotland of a whaling shore station. As such, access is restricted, with the best views of the site being seen from the opposite side of the bay.

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