The first and biggest Lobster Pond built on Bernera this example was built by Murdo Morrison of Croir during the 1870’s after he had spent two years working in Australia to raise the funds for this project. It was as result of the local fishermen getting poor returns for live lobsters sent to London. They were able to catch and keep lobsters in this tidal dammed sea loch until such times as the price was higher or the weather conditions meant that more lobsters would arrive alive after the long journey by cart, ferry and train to London.
The Pond was used until the 1950’s and the main structure is still working to this day.
The full story of the Lobster Pond can be found in Bernera Museum.
There is no way-marked path to the Lobster Pond, although it can be reached from either Kirkibost, (parking at the pier), or from Bernera Museum car park and following the Norse Mill walk to start with. It is approximately a five mile round trip. The going is moderate to rough with some steep slopes and rocky patches, burns and boggy ground to cross. There is one dry-stane dike to climb over via built-in steps.
We recommend going over Cnoc Righseodh rather than along coastal slope.
OS Explorer Map 458 grid ref 173373.