Bernera Coastal Walk

This stunning tour takes you to the island of Great Bernera on the west side of Lewis. On the way there you will see the typical moorland landscape of Lewis.

Other walking tours available.

all pictures © Malcolm Macleod


To reach Bernera you have to cross the ‘bridge over the Atlantic’, built in 1953 to link the island with Lewis. The island has a population of about 250, living in small crofting townships nestling among the rocks and moors.

The coastal walk starts at the community centre where there is a local museum and café. After a short section on road, you cross a footbridge, another over the Atlantic, and then follow the shore for about two miles. Here you can see seabirds and the remains of an earlier fishing industry. The last mile of the walk takes you over moors and then down to the magnificent beach at Bosta. Sitting in the sea just off the beach, you will see an art installation, a Time and Tide Bell, installed in 2010. You can visit the reconstructed Iron Age House, built on the site of an Iron Age village, exposed during a storm.

At Bosta the coach will meet you and return to Stornoway by the same and only route.

is included

  • coach hire
  • local guide
  • subject to individual pricing regarding requirements

isn't included

  • refreshments
Is this tour suitable for people with a walking disability?

Unfortunately this walk is not suitable for walking aid users. The ground is uneven due to the nature of the place.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?

Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. The ground is uneven due to the nature of the place.

Do I need special clothing?

We recommend weatherproof clothing as the weather can change very fast. Depending on the season you might experience rain and cold winds at times

Do I need to bring walking boots?

We highly recommend decent footwear. Flipflops or sandals are not the right footwear to visit these attractions. If you have walking or hiking boots it would be an advantage as the ground can be slippery and muddy at times

What is the weather like?

The weather is highly unpredictable. We are in Scotland after all 🙂 . You might start in the rain at the harbour and arrive in bright sunshine on the west coast. Or vice versa. We always recommend that you dress in layers and bring a wind- and rainproof jacket just in case.

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Bernera Coastal Walk