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Bostadh Iron Age village is located at the northern tip of the Island of Great Bernera in the outer Hebrides of Scotland. It was discovered in 1992 after a violent storm cut away a significant section of the local sand dunes. Ancient stone walls could now be seen above the sand hinting at the possibilities of an as yet undiscovered settlement. Archaeologists excavated the site in 1996 and discovered traces of a Norse settlement. However, further investigation revealed an even older element dating back to around 500 AD and distinctly Pictish in origin. Five dwellings were uncovered and they were soon referred to as ‘Jelly Baby’ houses because of their double circle shape where one of the circles is always smaller than the other, thus resembling the popular sweet. The floor of the houses were all lower than the surrounding ground and were probably roofed over first with grass thatch and then strips of turf. This would have provide significant insulation against the freezing weather experienced during the long winter months. To protect the original structures they were covered over with sand. To present what had been discovered, experimental archeologist built a faithful reproduction of a Bostadh Iron Age house. This is located around 100 metres from the site of the discovery and can be visited.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A850 (Rd), Loch Greshornish Borve, Portree
Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV51 9PS
+44 (0)1470 582 230

Contact Details

  • Address: Bostadh Beach, Bosta, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, United Kingdom, HS2 9LT
  • GPS: 58.25627109014959,-6.883599758148193
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1851 612 331
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: HS2 9LT
  • Entrance Fees: Free entry
  • Disabled Access: Limited - Wheelchair access across rough track
  • Visibility from Road: Very Good

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