Barra in the Outer Hebrides is a small island measuring 8 x 5 miles and covers about 20 square miles. The island is hilly with many beautiful beaches. The resident population numbers about 1,400. Both Gaelic and English are spoken on this mainly Catholic island. My photo albums of Barra & Vatersay

Monday, June 20, 2011

Arrival on Isle of Barra

Sunday, 12 June

We parked our car in Oban and loaded our luggage, a few supplies and groceries on our bikes. 

Feel like packhorse!

We embarked on a 5 hour CalMac ferry journey to Barra which arrived in the evening.  Our accommodation was a small but well-equipped, self-catering flat less than a mile from the main town of Castlebay and less than half a mile from the grocery store – the Co-op.  Our only complaint on this trip was the lack of free wifi and the misinformation on a website which stated that our provider, Vodafone, was available everywhere.  Our mobile (android) phones only received a signal in certain parts of the island, not where we stayed and not in Castlebay.  We definitely plan a return trip to Barra.


  • Friendly locals
  • Stunning, breathtaking scenery
  • Clear, blue-green sea
  • Wide, white, clean sandy beaches
  • Wildflowers everywhere!  Machir of daisies, buttercups, etc.  Wild orchids, wild irises. 
  • Dramatic rocky hills and cliffs
  • Perfect place for bike riding and hiking (although the hills can be rough!)
  • The Heritage Walks are wonderful, but they do need to be better marked with more posts marking the trails. 
  • Our flat:  Ceum a Bhealaich           
  • We saw where the movie Whisky Galore was filmed. 

Lighthouse passed on the way

Another CalMac we passed on the way

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