Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - Avoid Travel to the Outer Hebrides
There is now clear guidance from the Scottish Government instructing all visitors to avoid traveling to the Outer Hebrides. This was issued by VisitScotland on Saturday 21st March, and underlined by the First Minister in her briefing of Sunday 22nd March.
In common with other islands in The Outer Hebrides, accommodation providers in Berneray are closed and the ferries are only carrying passengers whose travel is essential.
Berneray is famous for its strong and resourceful community. That strength has seen us through many challenges in the past and we have every confidence we will get through the Coronavirus pandemic. For now - DO NOT COME - stay at home and look after yourselves - and we look forward to welcoming you all back to our beautiful island with open arms when we get to the other side of this.
Support island businesses
Those of you who are currently unable to visit The Isle of Berneray, may be interested in a newly-established website which has been set up to support island business during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The site allows you to browse a very wide range of goods which are available by online ordering, and which will give you a flavour of The Hebrides even though you can't be here yourself. Your purchases will allow island businesses, who face a disastrous season to recoup some sales. This website features Berneray businesses. Please visit: www.isle20.com
Fàilte do làrach-lìn choimhearsnachd Eilean Bheàrnaraigh.
Welcome to the community website for the Isle of Berneray. Berneray is the largest and only populated island in the Sound of Harris, Outer Hebrides. It is linked to the neighbouring island of North Uist by a causeway.
This website is managed by Berneray Community Council on behalf of residents and visitors to our island. Please come back often, as there will be frequent updates.
Berneray is a small island (roughly 2 miles by 3), rich in wildlife and history, with a long sweep of white sand on the west coast, backed by high dunes and machair.
The island has approximately 130 inhabitants, forming an active and friendly community. Crofting and fishing are mainstays of the economy, although tourism, Calmac, local schools, garages, fish farming and other forms of employment also provide income to island households.
Amongst the array of services and facilities, Berneray has a shop, tea room, post office, church, fishing harbour and community hall. During the summer months, an information centre containing historical and contemporary information is manned by local volunteers.
This website brings together information for the Berneray community and visitors to the island. Residents can find out what's happening locally, obtain information about local groups, advertise their businesses from one, easy-to-use resource. Visitors can discover how to get to Berneray, where to stay and what to do and see. Find out about Berneray's history and learn about its abundant flora and fauna.
Fàilte do Làrach-lìn Coimhearsnachd Eilean Bheàrnaraigh