Tong, Lewis

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Scottish Gaelic: Tunga
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Tong Village
Tong is located in Outer Hebrides
 Tong shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NB448365
Civil parish Stornoway
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Lieutenancy area Western Isles
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Scottish Parliament Western Isles
List of places

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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.[1] 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.[2] 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[citation needed] 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.



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