Isle of Berneray - Visitor Information
As tourism has opened up since mid-July, visitors should be aware that there have to date been no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Berneray or Uist. Local people continue to be concerned about an outbreak occurring here due to the vulnerable nature of island communities and our relative distance from major health facilities.
Please respect social distancing, wear a mask when in the proximity of others and avoid unnecessary interaction with locals, particularly the elderly.
Visitors should be aware that there is no official campsite or overnight parking area on the Isle of Berneray. Most areas surrounding the north/east beach, west beach and Siabaidh (south side of the island) are CLOSED to off-road/overnight camping with a motorised vehicle. Limited overnight campsite spaces may be available on neighbouring islands - please check and book before travelling.
You will find that some facilities are not open or are on reduced hours. Please note that the hostel is currently CLOSED, as are most other accommodation providers in Berneray. The Nurse’s Cottage Visitor Centre is also closed.
The waste disposal point at the Ferry Terminal is open for use, as are the toilets at the Fishing Harbour.
Despite these restrictions, we hope you enjoy your visit.
Outer Hebrides Tourism has produced a helpful guide to visiting the islands at this time. It can be found here.
Berneray Community Council
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