The Isle of Barra is the perfect start or
finish for your
Hebridean island hopping holiday
If there is a Paradise on earth, surely
Barra must be it....
1,000 species of wild flowers, Barra is known as the garden of the
Hebrides. Named after Barra's patron saint, Saint Finnbarr or Saint
Barr, this is an island paradise, measuring only five miles across and
eight miles long, where nothing is very far away.....
touring holidays include hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation on
the Isle of Barra, in and within a few miles of Castlebay.
The Isle of
Barra beaches are stunning and the accommodation at one of our hotels
opens directly onto a large sandy beach.
in your own car, you will arrive on one of the Calmac ferries, either
at Ardmhor ferry terminal if coming from Eriskay at the end of your
holidays, or at Castlebay ferry terminal if you are arriving from Oban
on the Scottish mainland.
leisurely drive around the circular road of the peaceful Isle of Barra
and you’ll experience stunning land and seascapes awaiting
you round each bend. Rather than view the surroundings
through the windscreen, perhaps Barra may tempt you to walk or cycle
around this part of the Outer Hebrides - and get closer to the
For the best
way to see and feel the landscape of Barra is to become part of it,
perhaps just by climbing one of the hills that afford wonderful views.
Or, maybe, by harnessing the power of the wind, in a kiting session, or
paddling a kayak - for a small island, there are a surprisingly large
number of activities available.
golf course is exceptionally attractive with stunning views out over
the Atlantic – and such is the tranquillity, that
don’t be surprised if you see a family of otters crossing the
fairway in front of you!
another island by crossing over a causeway to Vatersay, where
there’s a good chance you’ll have one of its soft
sandy beaches all to yourself.
In the south
of Barra lies its main town, Castlebay, with its holiday hotels, guest
houses, shops and the ferry link to Lochboisdale (South Uist) or
are known for their ability to enjoy the craic - so you’ve
every chance of finding an unscheduled ceilidh taking place in the
bar. What a great way to start or finish your holiday.
Castle sits proudly in the bay – a symbol of the historical
power of the Clan MacNeil - and you can explore the rich history and
colourful culture of Barra at Dualchas, the island’s heritage
airport is thought to be unique in the world, as the last remaining
beach airport operating scheduled services.
On a Flydrive
holiday, we provide your car rental starting or finishing at Barra
airport and you’ll have a memorable experience landing on, or
taking off from, the beach (often watched by a small crowd).
The schedule of your holiday flight to Barra is actually governed by
the tide times, as the airport 'runways' are covered by the sea twice a