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The whalebone arch
Bragar is located in Outer Hebrides
Bragar shown within the Outer Hebrides
LanguageScottish Gaelic
OS grid referenceNB288478
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHS2
Dialling code01851
EU ParliamentScotland
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58°20′06″N 6°38′02″W / 58.335°N 6.634°W / 58.335; -6.634Coordinates: 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 (24-metre) 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 (aka Roderick Morrison and Ruaidhri Mac Gille Mhoire) the retained harper to Clan MacLeod at Dunvegan Castle was born in Bragar in 1656.[5] He wrote Òran Mòr MhicLeòid.


  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.
  5. ^ Chadwick, Simon Rory Dall. Early Gaelic Harp Info. Retrieved 22 April 2018

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