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The whalebone arch
Bragar is located in Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NB288478
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Council area
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Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
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Fire Highlands and Islands
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  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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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 (23 kilometres) from the island's only town, Stornoway. Bragar is within the parish of Barvas, and is situated on the A858 between Carloway and Barvas.

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-long (24-metre) blue whale which was beached on the shore the year before. The arch is located at the Lakeview residence, the home of Murdo Morrison (1867 - 1950). 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, 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, 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.

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