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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....

With over 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.....

Our car 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.

If travelling 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.

Take a 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 experience.

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. 

The nine-hole 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! 

Capture 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 Oban. 

Barra people 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.

Kisimul’s 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 centre.

Barra’s 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 day!  

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Walking:  Throughout the Isle of Barra on beaches, moors and hills.  There are plenty of walks for casual strolls and challenging hikes for the more experienced walker.  

Kite buggies and landboards: Barra Power Kiting offer a complete range of holiday kite lessons from basic beginner through to intermediate level in all aspects of land based kite sports.  The activity is wind-dependent and the instructors will not allow you to take on more than they’re sure you can cope with. Both Nick and Kay are fully qualified PKSF instructors in Power Kiting, Kite Buggying and Kite Landboarding, and carry full public liability insurance. Prices, per person, from £15 for an hour.  01871 810950.

Ice cream BarraHome-made ice cream and souvenirs: Sheila McIntosh (pictured left) makes and sells wonderful ice cream at her shop in Brevig, two miles east of Castlebay.  She also sells a good range of high quality gifts and Hebridean knitwear.

Sea kayaking : When not running longer tours, Clearwater Paddling operates holiday day trips all around the Isle of Barra exploring uninhabited islands, and undisturbed wildlife.  As you slip quietly by in the sea kayak, you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, porpoises or basking sharks, plus eagles and a host of sea birds.  The sea kayaks are comfortable, roomy and designed to remain upright, so you should stay dry. You will quickly discover that it is easy to paddle your own sea kayak and in no time you will be confident and in control. Prices from £30 per person for a half day or evening trip.    01871 810 443.

Boat trips: Barra Fishing Charters is run by Donald B MacLeod, who spent most of his working career in charge of his own fishing trawler.  The vessel complies with MCA safety and licensing regulations and is licensed to carry up to 12 people.  His most popular, full-day, trip is to Mingulay, viewing puffins on the cliffs and other wildlife. Price £35 per adult. A two hour outing including equipment and bait for fishing is from £15 per person.  01871890384.

Bicycle hire and boat trips: John Macdougall offers bikes for £12 for the first day and £6 each day thereafter. The Isle of Barra is ideal for exploration by bike, even for those who may be out of practice, provided the weather is kind. John also offers afternoon boat trips on board his new 12 passenger MCA certificated fast rib.  The £20 trip is aimed at giving visitors opportunities to see basking sharks, dolphins, seals and other wildlife.  Weather permitting, views of Mingulay and the cliffs.  01871 810284.

Golf: the Isle of Barra Golf Club has a links course with nine holes and charges are £10 per day.

Heritage: Dualchas is located a short distance from the centre of Castlebay and holds the collections of the Isle of Barra and Vatersay

Historical Society. Exhibitions are open from March to September - see for opening days, times and charges.

Toffee: If you’ve a sweet tooth, don’t miss Hebridean Toffee, at Castlebay, where you can buy ‘tablet’ that’s judged by many to be the best they’ve ever tasted.

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