|Scottish Gaelic: Tunga|
Tong shown within the Outer Hebrides
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|Council area||Na h-Eileanan Siar|
|Lieutenancy area||Western Isles|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||ISLE OF LEWIS|
|UK Parliament||Na h-Eileanan an Iar|
|Scottish Parliament||Western Isles|
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Tong (Scottish Gaelic: Tunga) is a village on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) by road north-east of the main town of Stornoway on the B895 road to Back and Tolsta. The population of the village is 527 (2001 census).
Between 1919 and 1921, Tong along with nearby Coll and Gress was the scene of several land raids - see under Coll. The village has a community centre with a football pitch and a primary school, and there is a Free Church of Scotland mission house and a Scottish Episcopal Church meeting house in Tong. Fishing forms part of the local economy. 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 the world-famous 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.
Sìne NicFhionnlaigh, who composed the well-known song Fear a' bhàta lived in Tong in the 1800s.
Fàilte gu Tunga (entering Tong from direction of Coll)
Tong Community Centre.jpg
Tong Community Centre
Towards the crossroads.JPG
Towards the crossroads
Into the village.JPG
Into the village (Point across the bay in the background)
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