• Tigh Dearg Hotel

    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

Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps. Click here to download

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.

Click below for information about:

Isle of Lewis
Isle of Harris
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 August 2, 2014
      Callanish Stones Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Callanish Stone Circle, United Kingdom
      Description: Looking for a challenge this New Year? Get your name down for the biggest sporting event ever to take place in the Western Isles.Take advantage of our early bird offer, £10 off your entry fee until 28th of February!
    • Events on August 4, 2014
      Clan MacNeil Gathering
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: 32 Garrygall Isle of Barra Outer Hebrides HS9 5UH
      Description: Worldwide Gathering of the Clan MacNeil. Four days of events for visitors and residents to the island. Celebrating connections across the globe with MacNeils and Barra.
    • Events on August 8, 2014
      Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 8, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Lews Castle Green, Castle grounds
      Description: Two day Hebridean Extravaganza of Piping, dancing, singing and other events. The Tattoo will feature six time World Champions ,the Simon Fraser University Pipeband From Vancouver, together with 8 other piebands from all over Scotland.
    • Events on August 9, 2014
      Carnival day in Stornoway
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 9, 2014 - 10:00 pm
      Location: Stornoway
      Description: Pipebands and floats parading through the town. 7.30pm Grand Concert at the Sport Centre, featuring Simon Fraser University Pipeband, Julie Fowlis and the Lochies. Grand Concert featuring, Sambayabamba band, a youth accordion band, the Lochies, a Gaelic Choir, Julie Fowlis and her band, and the Simon Fraser University Pipeband in concert.