Outer Hebrides | Barra & Vatersay

Apart from the adjacent island of Vatersay, to which it is connected by a causeway, Barra is the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It makes Vatersay the westernmost permanently inhabited place in Scotland. Though acces to the island of Vatersay is now so easy, the lovely little island remains quiet and peaceful.

 We made a couple of walks on the islands in authentic Hebridean weather.

 

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Barra’s tiny airport, near Northbay, uses the beach called An Tràigh Mhòr (English: The Big Beach) as a runway. Planes can only land and take off at low tide meaning that the timetable varies. Voted the world’s most stunning landing spot, Barra’s airport is the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach.

 

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Standing stone.

 

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For an idea of the environmental hazards of this Hebridean outpost one should visit the Annie Jane Monument at the west bay of Traigh Siar and learn how 350 souls sadly lost their lives off these spectacular shores when the eponymous emigrant ship beached here in the severe sea storm of 1853.

While this monument may commemorate a sad event – visitors need only to turn and face the turquoise waters of the Atlantic, easily accessible from the islands many beaches.

 

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Castlebay.

 

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Kisimul Castle.

 

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An Tràigh Mhòr (English: The Big Beach), runway and cockle beach.

 

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View over Castlebay from Heaval, Barra’s highest peak (1,260 ft / 383 m).

 

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View over Kisimul Castle.

 

More info

www.isleofbarra.com

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-barra-and-vatersay/barra

www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isles-of-barra-and-vatersay/vatersay

www.explore-isle-of-barra.co.uk

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides/barra