So much to see & do

The Isle of Barra is considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. It’s tranquillity, distinctive Gaelic culture, language and fascinating history will make your visit to Barra a unique and memorable experience.

Barra really is a Scottish slice of Valhalla. Aside from its resemblance to a tropical paradise, the island experience is guaranteed to detox your mind and feed your soul.

Whether you arrive by sea or air, explore by foot or bike, overindulge in seafood or whisky (or both!), this island will leave you with many happy and enduring memories.

Come and enjoy the beauty of Barra for yourself!

We have listed below a few ideas of how to spend your time while on the island…

Please visit the Isle of Barra Community website for more information about what to see and do plus details on interesting local events.

Angling
Barra offers excellent angling opportunities for both loch fishing and sea angling.

Archaeology
Barra has a wealth of archaeology covering at least 6000 years of human settlement from Brochs and tombs to standing stones.

Beaches
Renowned for its beautiful  and white sandy beaches, Barra spoils you for choice!

Boat Trips
The most popular trip is to the magical deserted island of Mingulay  where colonies of puffins can be found – Barra Fishing Charters

Cycling
Barra’s quiet roads are great for cycling, the hotel has four electric bicycles which can be booked ahead of your stay.

Film
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.

Golf
With its nine hole golf course, Barra has the most westerly course in the UK and offers fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean – more information

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.

Walks
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 species of wildflower
Fauna and flora are in abundance on Barra…seals, otters, dolphins, basking sharks, porpoise, corncrakes, sea eagles, golden eagles, buzzards, merlins, gannets, fulmars, terns and Eriskay ponies to name but a few can all be seen on the island.