• Tigh Dearg Hotel
    Accommodation

    Hotels, self catering, bed and breakfasts and camping for motorhomes and tents.

  • Ardmaree Stores and Lobster Pot Tearoom
    Eating Out

    Barra has restaurants in hotels as well as the famous Kismul Cafe opposite the castle

  • Attractions

    View a range of attractions, including historic sites, beaches, Vatersay and the swimming pool..

Welcome to the Isle of Barra

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps

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The Isle of Barra is one of the most attractive islands in Britain and recently came first in a ‘Most Beautiful Island’ competition. Its tranquillity, distinctive culture and fascinating history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. It is also an ideal starting point for visiting and exploring the Uists and Benbecula.

The island is only 8 miles long and 4 miles wide, has beautiful white sand beaches and seven lochs which provide great fishing for brown and sea trout. The population is approximately 1300, many of whom still have the Gaelic.

Castlebay was once a 19th century fishing port and today is the main town on the Isle of Barra. There are a couple of hotels, church, post office, school, grocers, supermarket, bank, swimming pool and petrol station.


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Isle of Lewis
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Isle of North Uist
Isle of South Uist
Isle of  Benbecula

Besides the range of popular Western Isles websites, we have composed a range of other website for places of interest, ranging from the Isles of Mull and Iona to  further afield we have produced websites for InvernessHobart in Tasmania and Almaty in Kazakhstan.

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Isle of Barra and Vatersay

Explore the Outer Hebrides is part of Explore Scotland and has recently been upgrading its websites.  This Barra and Vatersay website is the final one to be completed in the Uist set of sites.  Lewis and Harris are already finished.

Events this month

  • Events this month

    • Events on September 6, 2014
      Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: September 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Castlebay Isle of Barra Outer Hebrides
      Description: Annual showcase of the best Barra and Vatersay has to offer in terms of garden produce, baking, crafts and crofting and fishing produce. Entry is open to residents and visitors. Come and see the very best of Barra and Vatersay veg, fruit, crafts, baking and other items. Tel: 01871 810634
    • Events on September 13, 2014
      Harris Mountain Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: September 21, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Tigh an Urrais East Tarbert Isle Of Harris Outer Hebrides HS3 3DB
      Description: The 2014 Isle of Harris Mountain Festival takes place between Saturday 13th and Saturday 20th September 2014. Billed as “a week-long celebration of the mountains of Harris,” this is the fourth annual event run by the North Harris Trust.
      Tel: 01859 502222