Barra | Colin Nutt

About

Lying at the south of the Outer Hebrides, Barra is an island of rich history, with a strong traditional music scene and a runway on the beach! Visit the home of Clan MacNeil, whose stronghold dominates Castlebay, or climb Heaval for magnificent views!

Famous For

  • Barra has the only scheduled flight in the world to use the beach as its runway. Depart from Glasgow to experience this ride for yourself or watch the flights land on Traigh Mhor beach from the airport.

  • Kisimul Castle is home to Clan MacNeil. Built in the 15th century, it was abandoned in the early 18th century and rebuilt between 1956 and 1970. In 2000, the MacNeil Clan chief leased it to Historic Scotland for an annual rent of £1 and a bottle of whisky.

  • Barra has a colourful, hand-crocheted Christmas tree, created by Barra Bunting with squares crocheted by locals and Barra-lovers from as far afield as Germany and the USA.

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  • For an easy climb with stunning views, climb Dun Cuier, a well-preserved Iron Age galleried dun found to the west of Barra.

  • Traigh Mhor is our famous beach, but we have many to explore. Try Traigh Eais, Traigh Sgurabhal or Cleit Beach.

  • Whether you are looking to stock up on groceries or local crafts, check out Buth Bharriagh, our community-owned shop.

Accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Barra at the links below

Visit Outer Hebrides

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Daily sailings from Oban on the mainland to Castlebay are operated by CalMac Ferries. CalMac also sails between Eriskay and Barra several times a day.

Daily scheduled flights to Barra from Glasgow are operated by Loganair.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.