2008: ROCKY ATLANTIC ISLE OF BARRA CROWNED BRITAIN'S BEST VILLAGE
The Isle of Barra is considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. It's tranquillity, distinctive Gaelic culture and language and fascinating history will make your visit to Barra a unique and memorable experience.
Barrathon - www.barrathon.org.uk
Barra offers excellent angling opportunities for both loch fishing and sea angling.
Barra offers a wealth of archaeology covering at least 6000 years of human settlement from Brochs and tombs to standing stones.
Barra is renowned for its beautiful and white sandy beaches and you will be spoilt for choice!
The most popular trip is to the magical deserted island of Mingulay where colonies of puffins can be found- see links page
Barra's quiet roads are great for cycling, the hotel has four cycles with safety helmets for guests use - please enquire on arrival for availability.
Barra' has appeared regularly in film. The island has featured in pictures such as: Whisky Galore, Tropic of Sheep (Winner: Berlin Film Festival) and Visit Scotland's A Perfect Day. There is also talk that Herges Tintin adventure 'The black Island' may be filmed on Barra, where the story is set.
Barra's nine hole golf course is the most westerly course in the UK and offers fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Heritage & History
The Heritage Centre in Castlebay has exhibits, photos and records that show past island life. Amongst the many sites to visit, Kisimul Castle and the Boldnabodach deserted village are well worth a look.
Spectacular coastal and hillside scenery make Barra ideal walking country. There are a few designated paths, but you are free to walk over most of the island without hindrance.
Wildlife Hebrides - 1000 sepcies of wildflower
Fauna and flora are in abundance in Barra...seals, otters, dolphins, basking sharks, porpoise, corncrakes, sea eagles, golden eagles, buzzards, merlins, gannets, fulmars, terns and Eriskay ponies can all be seen on the island.
Isle of Barra Beach Hotel - Selling locally handmade crafts, wet suits, body boards, clothes, postcards and gifts