Barra is the most southerly inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides, measuring about eight miles by four, and home to around 1300 people. Castlebay is the main town of the island and is also the main entry point for visitors travelling by ferry from Oban, on the Scottish mainland.
Traditionally dependent on fishing, Castlebay now provides an excellent range of facilities for eco-friendly tourist activities, without spoiling the island’s natural beauty and cultural environment.
The island, together with its neighbour, Vatersay (linked by a causeway), has amazing shell-sand beaches, rocky inlets, wildflower strewn machair and towering hills. A mass of wildlife is to be seen, including otters, seals, dolphins, whales, porpoises and birds of prey.
You can arrive by air from Glasgow by British Airways (operated by Loganair), landing at the Barra’s unique beach airport, or by Caledonian MacBrayne’s modern car ferries from the mainland or Eriskay (at the south end of the Uists).
Barra is ideal for single centre holiday, as there are plenty of organised activities, plus ample scope for walking, cycling or simply enjoying lazy days. It’s also the perfect place to begin or end a tour through the Outer Hebrides, by car, bicycle or very practical public transport.
Visit some of the activity providers’ websites, linked at the left of this page and you’ll see a little of what’s on offer.
Getting to the Isle of Barra and what to do here...