Breasclete

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Breasclete
Breasclete, Isle of Lewis - geograph.org.uk - 163201.jpg
Looking south west over Loch Roag towards the Uig Hills
Breasclete is located in Outer Hebrides
Breasclete
Breasclete
Breasclete shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NB217353
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
Website breasclete.com
List of places
UK
Scotland
58°13′08″N 6°44′24″W / 58.219°N 6.740°W / 58.219; -6.740Coordinates: 58°13′08″N 6°44′24″W / 58.219°N 6.740°W / 58.219; -6.740

Breasclete (Scottish Gaelic: Brèascleit) is a village and community on the west side of the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Breasclete is within the parish of Uig,[1] and is situated adjacent to the A858.[2]

History[edit]

Breasclete has several stone circles,[3][4][5] as well as various cairns.[6][7] The Bronze Age-era Olcote kerbed cairn, south of the settlement, was excavated in 1995 during road works, and the site seems to form part of a wider ceremonial complex.[8][9] The local pier, situated west of the settlement, was built in the early 20th century, and has a quay of similar construction.[10]

Community[edit]

One of the main services in the village is Breasclete Primary School, which has a current total of 27 students. There is a thriving community with the new Hall as the base for a number of community groups and organisations.

Economy[edit]

The village also hosts the Equatec facility, a pharmaceutical facility dedicated to fatty acid research and production, which has now been taken over by German giant BASF in June 2012.

Other businesses located in the area include Scottish Fish Farm who have a number of sites in East Loch Roag,[11] and Hebridean Soap who operate from their base in Breasclete.[12]

Traditional industries like Harris Tweed also offer employment, and crofting is at the heart of the community.

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