Tuesday Travels. . . .The island of Barra


On arrival in Barra after our ferry trip the weather was what you would call overcast but it added to the atmosphere of the island and didn’t prevent us from heading off on our trip around the island.Above Castlebay on an isolated hilltop stands this memorial to those from the island who lost their lives in the wars.

We also wanted to check the ferry terminal at Ardmor for our departure later in the day and it was at the ferry terminal we spotted this lovely sculpture of otters.  We didn’t spot any live otters although there were many signs telling us to look out for them.We wanted to see if it was possible to view a take off or landing on Barra sands so we set off for Barra airport and by this time the weather had cleared up.

Barra Airport is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the northern tip of the island. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway

The sands seem to stretch for a long way and was edged with what they call machair. 

We were lucky enough to watch this plane come in to land on the sands.

Our next stop was back towards Castlebay and a visit to Barra Gin. A purchase was made.

We headed back to Craigard Hotel for a late lunch and enjoyed a less dreich view from the restaurant. The Ardmor ferry terminal was our next stop before heading off to Eriskay.

There is a wonderful website called The Chaotic Scot and she has written a fantastic post about the island of Barra.  It is well worth a look if you are interested.

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