The forecast predicting rain all day was, fortunately, incorrect! It was sunny all day and breezy but I think the island is breezy or windy most of the time. The bike ride began with a trip of less than 2 miles to a hotel for lunch. The Isle of Barra Beach Hotel overlooks a gorgeous beach. Our timing was perfect as a large pod of dolphins were feeding and attracted a crowd from the hotel to watch, many of us with cameras.
We continued riding after lunch and completed the entire 12 mile loop around the island. It is an incredibly hilly island and several times we had to stop and walk the bikes up hills.
In the evening we walked to the Castlebay Bar next to the hotel and were delighted to find that some of the locals were having an impromptu music session playing mainly traditional Scottish music.