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An Island Parish -find the locations for the BBC series.

An Island Parish - the latest series of the BBC series revealed  more of life on Barra, Erislay and South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

Cottage Monty HallsAfter its debut in the Isles of Scilly, "Island Parish" moved to the southernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides, to follow the three Fathers, John Paul in Barra, Fr. Calum in Eriskay and Fr, Roddy in South Uist.

In the second series, Roddy  moved on to his new parish in Fort William and we met the new priest at St Peters, Canon Donald MacKay.

Sadly, Fr. Calum passed away during July 2012, aged 86. A wonderful man who will be greatly missed by the people of Eriskay and nearby islands.

Father John Paul is frequently seen around the island of Barra and lives alongside the beautiful Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.  It's well worth a visit (and maybe a donation to the repair fund, too!).

Of particular interest in the other two churches featured,  the Church of St Michael  in Eriskay and of St  Peter in Daliburgh, are the boat shaped altars - illustrating the importance of fishing in the area.

If you're looking for the tiny Post Office shown on An Island Parish, it's not actually on Barra, but on Vatersay.  It may be the smallest PO in Great Britain and is surely the most westerly.  The rocky beach at the causeway to Vatersay is the one where you see Aggie seeking cockles and mussels.

Those of us who have enjoyed the two series are all hopeful of a third - however, Nigel Farrell, who produced the earlier series, died during September 2011 and, as he was the driving force behind the series, another now seems unlikely. 

The areas are so small that a drive (or bike ride) around will make it easy for you to see where An Island Parish was shot.  Ask your accommodation host and you're sure to get a good list of places to visit.

As part of our inclusive packages, we offer a selection of excellent hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation in Barra - this is a wonderful place to start or finish an end-to-end tour of the Outer Hebrides, during which you can explore many other island parishes, not featured in An Island Parish, but just as delightful.

Follow this external link to the BBC An Island Parish website


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