Tong, Lewis

Last updated on 13 July 2017

Tong (/tʌŋ/; Scottish Gaelic: Tunga) is a village on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east of the main town of Stornoway on the B895 road to Back and Tolsta.[1] The population of the village is 527 (2001 census). Fishing forms part of the local economy.[2]

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Tong Village - geograph.org.uk - 205079.jpg
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Tong is located in Outer Hebrides

History

Between 1919 and 1921, Tong, along with nearby Coll and Gress, was the scene of several land raids (see the Coll article for more).

Facilities

The village has a community centre with a football pitch and a primary school. Its religious establishments include a Free Church of Scotland mission house and a Scottish Episcopal Church meeting house. On 6 August 2014 The Tong Shop (Bùth Thunga) opened in the former Episcopal Church building. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday and it sells a wide range of essentials such as milk and bread, as well as local produce such as vegetables and Stornoway black pudding.

Culture and sport

Every July the Lewis Highland Games and Western Isles Strongest man are held at the community centre with heavy events such as tossing the caber, Highland dancing, bagpipe competitions and other attractions taking place on the football pitch. The Lewis Highland Games have been held at Tong since 1977 and is the second oldest Games on the isle of Lewis. The local football club is Tong FC.

Notable people

Gallery

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Fàilte gu Tunga (entering Tong from direction of Coll)

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View towards Point (An Rubha), Broadbay (Loch a Tuath) and Stornoway Airport (Port-adhair Steòrnabhagh)

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Tong football pitch and community centre

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Tong Community Centre

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Main Road looking towards Coll

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Towards Coll

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Towards the crossroads

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Into the village (Point across the bay in the background)

References

  1. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps.
  2. ^ Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons (1957). Parliamentary debates (Hansard).: House of Commons official report. H.M.S.O. Retrieved 20 May 2012.

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