Community Buyout planned for Great Bernera

Residents of Great and Little Bernera, islands off the shores of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, have voted in favour of a community buyout of the island. Last week 142 people voted in favour of the plan and 37 against with a turnout of 85%.

Great Bernera

Great Bernera

The island had been owned by Count Robin Mirrlees who owned died last June. He had lived on Great Bernera for 40 years and following his death his family gave residents and crofters first refusal on buying it.

Connected to Lewis via a road bridge, the buyout would cover 5,000 acres across both islands, including Great Bernera which is the largest of many island in Loch Roag, just off shore from Lewis.

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