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Timsgarry
Timsgearraidh (Timsgarry) (geograph 2422500).jpg
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NB050338
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Scottish Parliament
  • Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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58°11′42″N 7°01′16″W / 58.195°N 7.021°W / 58.195; -7.021Coordinates: 58°11′42″N 7°01′16″W / 58.195°N 7.021°W / 58.195; -7.021

Timsgarry (Scottish Gaelic: Tuimisgearraidh) is a village on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Timsgarry is home to the Baile na Cille Church and the Uig Museum, noted for its giant Chessmen, discovered in the sands in 1831.

Geography

Timsgarry lies on the western side of the Isle of Lewis on Uig Bay, 33 12 miles (54 kilometres) southwest of Stornoway on the B8011 road, to the north of Ardroil. The Erista River flows in the sea at Timsgarry. The coastline here is known as Uig Sands (Tràigh Uuige).

History

Fragments of Iron Age pottery were recovered from Dun Borranish, just to the south of the main settlement, in 1991.

Landmarks

Church at Timsgearraidh (geograph 3084965)
The church at Timsgarry

Timsgarry is home to the Baile na Cille Church, and is situated within the parish of Uig. Timsgarry used to have its own chapel, named Capail Mor, further to the west of the present church, which was built in 1724 near to the site of an earlier church, known as Capail Beag. The former manse is still present, with the churchyard.

The Uig Museum is located at Timsgarry, within the community centre, and displays local archaeology, such as replicas of the Uig Chessmen, discovered in the sands in 1831. These were identified as 12th century Viking chess pieces which were made from walrus ivory and whale teeth.

Uig Lodge Golf Course, to the southwest of the village overlooking Uig Sands Bay, was originally established in 1930 and recently restored. It is currently run by the Uig Lodge and used exclusively by hotel guests.

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