Ness, Old Cemetery

The district of Ness lies some 25 miles north of Stornoway along the A857, and comprises of a more than a dozen villages. It has two graveyards, which lie within a few hundred yards of each other on the machair, the grassland above the sea.

The easiest approach is from the village of Habost, where a sign points to Cladh Nis. About a mile from the village, the road ends at the new cemetery.

The old cemetery can be reached on foot ONLY. It can be approached from the village shop in Swainbost, where a road leads towardes Swainbost Farm, thence a track to the shore. Cross the bridge across the river, after which the cemetery is draped across the hillside to your right. Please bear in mind that the rocks in the cemetery are actual grave markers, left by families who could not afford an inscribed tombstone. The cemetery requires a sure foot to negotiate. An exit gate exists at the top of the graveyard, which offers a shortcut to the modern cemetery.

Grid reference: NB507638
Coordinates: 58°29'30.63"N 6°16'34.86"W

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