About Barra


For the most comprehensive overview of Barra’s history, culture, events and things to do, visit the community website at www.isleofbarra.com.


Things to see and do


Everyone will soon find their own favourite places in Barra, but here are a few ideas if you are visiting this beautiful island for the first time. 


·       Kisimul Castle – a must-see.  The ancient seat of Clan MacNeil is reached by a small boat from Castlebay.


·       The airport – world-famous for its beach landing-strip, believed to be the only one in the world used by scheduled flights.  If you didn’t arrive on the plane, do visit the airport just to watch the plane land and take-off, and enjoy a coffee in the community-run café there.  Check the flight timetables, as arrivals depend on when low tide is!


·       Beaches – the beaches of the west coast have a mix of white sand and rocky outcrops, while at Eoligarry there are dunes and you may hear a corncrake if you’re lucky.  You can make the lovely trip across the causeway to Vatersay, where there are beautiful beaches.


·       Walking – the climb up Sheabhal is well worth it for the views on a clear day.  There is a pleasant walk around Vatersay headland, and many other areas of the coast to explore.

·       Wildlife - many bird species are to be found in Barra, including the elusive corncrake, golden eagles, plovers, herons, and a rare sighting of a yellow warbler. 2008 sightings have included a bee-eater and golden orioles. In the late spring and summer months, the machair is in full flower.  Otters are resident in Barra, and have been seen at the bottom of our garden!  Or take a boat trip and you may see seal colonies, basking sharks, dolphins, and many species of seabirds including razorbill, guillemot, kittiwake, shag, fulmar, common and Arctic tern, black guillemot, storm petrel, great skua, puffin, common gull, herring gull, greater and lesser black backed gull.  See our Links page for details of boat trips.


·       St. Barr’s Church – ancient church and burial ground.

·       Dualchas – Heritage centre in Castlebay with exhibitions on local history and culture.  Also a café offering delicious home-baking.


·       Golf – the golf-course must be one of the most scenic in the world, and also unusual as each green has sheep fencing around it!


·       Music – live music by local musicians in the bars in Castlebay, as well as dances and occasional concerts by visiting bands.


·       Boat trips to Mingulay, kayaking and beach-kiting are all available – see our Links page for details.













Barra out-of-season

Barra is beautiful at all times of the year, and is becoming popular out of season with those in search of peace and quiet, bird-watchers, and just as a place relax. 


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