Barra, famed for its beauty boasting beaches, hills and machairs is a very special place to stay or even visit.
With the airport being one of the most famous in the world with flights landing on the beach. It makes it one of the cleanest landing strips as the tide comes in and washes it twice a day. It is also well known for its cockles which can be raked up in low tide. Many people once depended on cockles for survival and even know you see people down the cockle strand to earn a living.
The beach behind the airport, Traigh Eais, is simply stunning and can be reached by a walk along the machair. It has some amazingly high sand dunes so dune jumping just cannot be helped!
Another popular beach is that on the Vatersay, on a beautiful summers day the beach can be seen to be packed with people enjoying the glorious weather. Just down the road from this beach lies remains from the wreckage of the Catalina that crashed here in 1944. The plane was used by the RAF in ww2 and was operating from Oban. On the night it took off there were 9 crew on board for a training exercise, they were due to flu over Barra Head but lost their way and ended up crashing into the side of the hill. Three of the crew were killed with the other six surviving.
Tangasdale beach which is overlooked by the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel can be reached from the roadside and is popular with dog walkers because of its easy access.
Allasdale beach which was once a small beautiful sandy beach is now covered in rocks but is easily accessed just by the roadside.
Seal bay which is less obvious as it can be reached by a short walk from the roadside along the machair, is a lovely hidden beach full of seals.
Even when the weather isn't so nice, a lovely stroll along the beach on a windy day can be so revitalizing.