History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The church stands on a small, rocky outcrop looking over farm fields to the machair and East Beach beyond. The only access to the site is through private farm fields, so do make sure to close all gates behind you. The church is a complete shell; the interior offers little clue as to how it may have looked when complete.
Also known as Berneray Parliamentary church, this was a 'quoad sacra' church, built in 1827-9 at the same time as the manse and several outbuildings.
Quoad Sacra loosely translates as 'concerning sacred matters', and refers in this context to a parish having only a religious function (i.e. the parish served no political or geographic purpose). The ruins are complete to the roofline, with full-height gables.
One obvious point of interest is that there are two doors, both looking towards the coast. One was intended for use by the parishioners of Berneray, and the other for attendees from Pabbay, who would row to the island for services.
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About Telford Church
Address: Bays Loch, Berneray, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the east shore of Berneray, off the coastal route opposite East Beach. No direct route, so you'll have to go through the farm yard.
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Holiday Cottages to Telford Church:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Telford Church. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.