Great Bernera Walk

Bernera, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9LT

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In recent years Great Bernera was owned by one of Scotland's most dashing and much loved aristocrats, the late Count Robin de la Lanne Mirrlees, who despite having other homes, preferred to live in a croft house on the island. After an action-packed life with romps through both military service and reputedly through the beds of willing socialites, he became the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Mirrlees claimed the title Prince of Incoronata, an area which includes a group of islands off the Dalmatian coast of the former Yugoslavia, which was given to him by the country's late King Peter II in the 1960s.

This circular route covers what was undoubtedly the best part of his Scottish kingdom. It may be small, measuring only six miles from north to south by about three miles from east to west. But on a calm summer day when the sparkling sandy beaches are washed by Caribbean turquoise waves, you could believe you were in the land of 007.

[This walk is described in detail and illustrated with Ordnance Survey map extracts in 'Walking on Harris and Lewis' by Richard Barrett, published by Cicerone Press 2010. Unless otherwise indicated, all images used here are copyright of the author.]

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Great Bernera (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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  1. Large semi-aquatic animal. Very sleek profile in water.

    0.68 miles away
  2. Other points of interest on Bernera and the surrounding land include the bridge, standing…

    1.59 miles away
  3. An Iron Age house which was reconstructed in 1999 following a storm in 1993 which…

    2.45 miles away
  1. Tall slim leaves with large bright yellow flower

    2.45 miles away
  2. Traigh Bhostadh is a sheltered shell sand beach at the north end of Great Bernera. The…

    2.47 miles away
  3. Low/medium annual flowering plant with White/Mauve flowers

    2.49 miles away
  4. Tall, slim stems with pale blue flowers

    3.23 miles away
  5. A low growing plant with small white 2 lobed flowers. Found on improved agricultural land…

    3.36 miles away
  6. A broch is an iron-aged drystone hollow-walled structure found only in Scotland. Dun…

    3.37 miles away
  7. This is the best preserved and most visited broch in the Outer Hebrides. It occupies a…

    3.43 miles away
  8. The Hebridean Soap Company produces hand made soap in the village of Breasclete.We use…

    3.47 miles away
  9. Traigh na Beirghe (Reef Beach) is a very long, sweeping, white sand beach in Uig

    3.48 miles away
  10. Public Art structure by artists Marian Leven and Will Maclean that reflects local,…

    3.49 miles away

  11. Photograph of Pabbay from Reef Beach © David Wilson

    In The Chessmen, Uig Gala day is…

    3.69 miles away
  12. The Callanish Stones can be found near the village of Callanish in west Lewis just above…

    4.08 miles away
  13. The standing stones of Calanais are the most famous archaeological monument in the Outer…

    4.08 miles away
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