Community Buy-Out latest...
In the latest development in the long-running discussions about a community buyout of the Bays of Harris Estate, including Berneray, residents in the Estate area have voted 290 to 170 in favour of community ownership. Result announced 21 September 2022.
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.
Berneray Community Hall needs your help!
Berneray Community Association are trying to raise money to replace the roof of Berneray Community Hall. Unfortunately the roof has well exceeded its life expectancy and is in desperate need of replacing. The water ingress is now causing potentially irreversible damage to internal structures and we are having to run heating and dehumidifiers 24/7 to try and reduce damage, where possible.
We are appealing to anyone, whether you have spent time in this iconic hall at a ceilidh or Christmas dinner or simply understand the importance of this valuable asset to our community to please consider donating towards our crowdfunder to help us towards our total.
All donations are gratefully received via the Crowdfunder page: