Little Bernera

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For other places with the same name, see Berneray (disambiguation).
Little Bernera
Gaelic name Beàrnaraigh Beag
Norse name bjarnar-øy
Meaning of name Bjørn's island, from Norse
Little Bernera is located in Outer Hebrides
Little Bernera
Little Bernera
Little Bernera shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NB142410
Physical geography
Island group Lewis
Area 138 ha
Area rank 129= [1]
Highest elevation Tordal 41 m
Political geography
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Outer Hebrides
Population 0
References [2][3][4][5]
Traigh an Teampaill with ruined church

Little Bernera (Scottish Gaelic: Beàrnaraigh Beag) is a small island situated off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Little Bernera lies between the sea lochs of West and East Loch Roag, immediately to the north of Great Bernera. The island rises to a height of 42m (137 feet) and has an area of 138 ha.

A few centuries ago, the island was the place where people of Carloway were buried, before a cemetery was built in that village. Today, gravestones can still be seen on the island, but are beginning to disappear into the ground.

At Traigh an Teampaill, there is a ruined chapel and small graveyard.


  1. ^ Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Ordinance Survey. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.

Coordinates: 58°15′55″N 6°52′24″W / 58.26528°N 6.87333°W / 58.26528; -6.87333