Ask an islander
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Our fifth 'island of the week' adventure took us to the Outer Hebrides and to the island of Barra, or ‘Barradise’ as it's affectionately known.
We spoke to Sarah from Bùth Bharraigh who gave us the low-down on this absolute gem of an island:
"In winter there are lots of activities to try and ways to get involved in community activities. This winter we made a Castlebay Christmas tree using knitted and crocheted squares from all over the world. It looked spectacular. Anyone can get involved - check out Barra Bunting - be a part of it. On a rainy day come to Bùth Bharraigh. Have a coffee and catch up, do emails and get your laundry done! It's a great community hub selling craft supplies and good books to keep you busy. Then there's the Heritage Centre where you can learn about the island's past too."
"On a sunny day it's Barradise! Going to one of our beautiful beaches is a must. Swimming in the crystal-clear waters or going kayaking or snorkelling with Clearwater Paddling is a great way to enjoy Barra. You can also book boat trips to uninhabited Mingulay, where you can see seabirds, basking sharks and porpoises with Mingulay boat trips and wildlife spotting."
"In spring, wonderful primroses appear all over the place, the days are getting longer, and there is a real warmth in the sun. Visitors also start to return, many now friends who come back year after year. It is nice to see them and a there is a definite buzz about the island."
"There are so many lovely beach and hill walks on the island. It is nice getting up Heaval, the highest point on the island, and seeing the magnificent views from the top."
Doesn’t it sound glorious? You can fly from Glasgow with Loganair or you can go for a wee Scottish cruise with CalMac Ferries from Oban or Eriskay. For more information head over to Visit Outer Hebrides.