Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis (Best Watch in full 1080 HD)
Great Bernera is an island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. With an area of just over 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi), it is the thirty-fourth largest Scottish island.
Great Bernera lies in Loch Roag on the north-west coast of Lewis and is linked to it by a road bridge. Built in 1953, the bridge was the first pre-stressed concrete bridge in Europe. It was constructed after islanders threatened to dynamite the hillside to create a causeway of their own making.
The main settlement on the island is Breaclete. Breaclete is home to a small museum, school, a post office, church, community centre with cafe, petrol station, fire station, doctor's surgery and a childrens playpark.
Bernera is also known for its Iron Age settlement at Bosta, discovered in 1993 and now covered by sand to preserve it. A replica Iron Age house matching those now buried is sited nearby. The house is open for visitors throughout the summer months.
Bosta Beach is made from sparkling white shell sand. This popular beach has good views of the cliff bounds islands of Outer Loch Roag, notably Little Bernera, Flodday, Bearsay, the Old Hill and Campay. Campay is pierced by a natural tunnel about 120 meters long.
Callanish VII is a unique standing stone arrangement near the bridge between Lewis and Bernera, set out in a semicircle. It is known locally as Tursachan, which means merely "Standing Stones". The ruins of Dun Barraglom broch are nearby Bostadh
The Bernera Riot took place in 1872, and occurred as a reaction to heavy-handed evictions and treatment by the factor of Sir James Matheson, Donald Munro. The islanders refused to send their livestock over to Lewis, and were in turn threatened with a military visit. This did not occur, but even more eviction notices were handed out, and the visitors were pelted with clods of earth.
A cairn was situated in the centre of Bernera in 1992 to commemorate the Bernera Riot of 1874.
Great Bernera hosts numerous sea bird species, including gulls, waders and ducks such as Goldeneye, and much wild life.
Little Bernera lies between the sea lochs of West and East Loch Roag, immediately to the north of Great Bernera.