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Lewis, Port Of Ness Harbour

Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lewis, Port Of Ness Harbour

Classification Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Callievol; Port Nis

Canmore ID 4432

Site Number NB56SW 16

NGR NB 5380 6380

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barvas
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Recording Your Heritage Online

Port of Ness Harbour, c.1800; rebuilt c.1885 Reminiscent of fishing stations on the mainland's north-east coast and now regrettably under-used, this small, cellular dock was the lifeblood of Ness, whose people's skill at boat handling is legendary. Its concrete remodelling by D. & T. Stevenson in the early 1890s included the (now partially collapsed) breakwater.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NB56SW 16 5380 6380

The Object Name Book (OS) describes the harbour as 'One of the principal fishing stations in the island of Lewis. There are two houses, one storey high built of stone, slated and in good repair. There is also a stone pier built for the use of fishermen. The fish caught here are Ling, Cod, Haddock and Herring. There is only one landing place, and that is a narrow sandy channel, with shelving rocks on each side. The prevailing winds are south, south-west and west.

Name Book 1852

(Location cited as NB 538 638). Port of Ness Harbour, enlarged 1893, breakwater added 1894. An irregularly-shaped basin formed by a concrete pier with sea-wall, subdivided by a short pier. Part of the breakwater has collapsed. Virtually disused.

J R Hume 1977.


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