Great Bernera | Colin Nutt


Found to the west of Lewis, Great Bernera is a small island with a rich history – from its fantastically preserved Iron Age village to its impressive Lobster Pond, which doubles as a great place for a spot of eagle watching. Explore the low, rolling landscape and white-sand Atlantic beaches. Head to Bosta to listen to the unique sounds of the island's Tide & Time bell.

Did you know that the Gaelic name for Great Bernera is Beàrnaraigh?

Famous For

  • The Tide & Time bell in the waters of Bosta plays with the rise and fall of the tide and waves, and is one of only twelve placed around the coast of Britain.

  • The Iron Age House in Bosta was uncovered after storms in 1993 and is the most completely preserved late Iron Age village ever found in Scotland.

Ask an Islander

  • The Coastal Walk around Bernera is beautiful and allows you to explore most of the historical sites on the island.

  • The Lobster Pond is truly off the beaten track and is a great spot for watching eagles.

  • The bridge from Uig to Bernera crosses the Atlantic Ocean, so walk over and you can boast that you have walked over the Atlantic!


Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Visit Outer Hebrides - accommodation in Great Bernera

More Information

You can find some additional information about Great Bernera at the links below

Visit Outer Hebrides


Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here


In order to keep our island communities safe during the ongoing pandemic, please check the latest guidance from the Scottish Government about travelling to and around the islands. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

The island is connected to Lewis by a road bridge, and a bus service connects the islands Monday–Saturday. From Lewis, there are ferry and flight connections to mainland Scotland.

Find out more about getting to Lewis.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.