Beach scene, Barra.

This evening, I am posting information on Barra (Eilean Bharraigh) the southern most principal island of the Outer Hebrides which lie off the West of Scotland, well into the Atlantic. Key aspects of Barra are:

  • Population: About 1100 persons.
  • Gaelic Speakers: 62 pct.
  • Religion: 71.5 pct Roman Catholic.
  • Transport: By ferry from Oban on Scottish mainland or aeroplane from Glasgow.
  • Dimensions: About 8 miles (13km)¬†long by 5 miles (8 km)¬†wide.
  • Temperature: Normal range between 13.6 C and 4.8 C

More information is provided below

Castlebay (Bagh A Chaisteil)

This is the principal settlement built around a natural harbour. Here is also the ferry terminus plus shops, banks, lodgings and medical services.

Castlebay Harbour, Barra, Outer Hebrides.

Castlebay Hotel, Barra, Outer Hebrides

Castlebay Harbour

Here is the 15th century, Kisimul Castle, current and historic home of the Chief of Clan MacNeil. This is open to the public with access entailing a short boat trip.

Kisimul Castle, Barra, Outer Hebrides

Castlebay Harbour with Cal Mac Ferry

Ancient Sites

Barra has been occupied for millennia with evidence including the neolithic sites at Allt Chrisal and Dun Bharpa, an Iron-Age fort at Dun Cuier and remains of a broch at Dun a Chaolais.

Terrain

Comprises a mix of craggy hills, grass machair and silver sand coated beaches.

Video clip of Barra coastal scene

Barra Beach

Cille Bhara

Ancient religious site which dates from around the 12th century but with occupation for Christian purposes possibly dating back to the 7th century. This is open to visitors and comprises a main church with two chapels on the east side.

Cille Bhara

Traigh Mhor

A wide bay of compacted shell-sand which serves as a landing strip for light aircraft which provide a regular passenger service to the island.

Barra Airport

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