The Braighe

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The Braighe, Isle of Lewis



The Braighe is an isthmus - a narrow stretch of land - linking Point (Eye Peninsula) and the villages of Branahuie and Melbost. To the north of the Braighe road there is a sandy beach and to the south a pebble beach.

This is the only road connecting Point (which has a population of just over 3000) to the rest of Lewis. This road is sometimes closed in winter for short periods if there is a strong gale and high tide - the combination of both results in overlapping waves and shingle from the beach thrown on to the road. The coastguard will close the road and clear it once the gale has subsided. Our council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has a Braighe camera so the road (and waves) can be monitored.  

About halfway along the Braighe road, there is a small carpark on the north side where you can access the beach to the north. The north beach is generally more sheltered and great for walks.

You can also access Eaglais na h-Aoidhe and the Aignish Raiders monument from the east end of the north beach or you can access them from a carpark at the northeast end of the Braighe.

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