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Scottish Gaelic: Bràgar
The whalebone arch
Bragar is located in Outer Hebrides
 Bragar shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NB288478
Civil parish Barvas
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Lieutenancy area Western Isles
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Scottish Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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Coordinates: 58°20′06″N 6°38′02″W / 58.335°N 6.634°W / 58.335; -6.634

Bragar (Scottish Gaelic: Bràgar) is a village on the west side of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, 14 miles from the island's only town, Stornoway. Bragar is within the parish of Barvas,[1] and is situated on the A858 between Carloway and Barvas.[2]

Residents are mainly Gaelic speaking, and many work as crofters.

The village's best-known landmark is a whalebone arch, made in 1921 from the jawbone of an 80 foot long blue whale which was beached on the shore the year before. Bragar also has a post office, a war memorial, and a school.


A ruined Iron Age broch, Dun Bragar, stands in Loch an Dùin in South Bragar,[3] 80 metres from the road and connected to the lochside by a causeway. In the mid-20th century local people took away many of its stones, and the structure is no longer safe.

The remains of a chapel, Teampall Eòin (the Temple of John the Baptist), built in the 15th century or earlier,[4] lie inside a walled compound. This also contains a cemetery, now known as Cill Sgàire (Zechariah's cemetery) after Zechariah MacAulay who fell in a skirmish between the MacAulays of Uig and the Morrisons of Ness.

Notable people[edit]

Rory 'Dall' Morison (Roderick Morrison), an Clàrsair Dall, the harpist who wrote Òran Mòr MhicLeòid, was born in Bragar in 1656.


  1. ^ "Details of Bragar". Scottish Places. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "A858". Sabre. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lewis, Bragar, Loch An Duna". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lewis, Teampull Eoin". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 

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