• 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

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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 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 June 28, 2014
      Harris Arts Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Ferry Road Leverburgh Isle Of Harris
      Description: A week of events throughout Harris
      http://www.harrisarts.org
    • Events on July 5, 2014
      Isle of Harris Half Marathon
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle of Harris
      Description: The Isle of Harris Half Marathon is a popular and scenic race organised by the Stornoway Running and Athletics Club. http://www.halfmarathonlist.co.uk/isle-of-harris-half-marathon.php
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Fisherman's Mass
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Castlebay Isle Of Barra
      Description: Annual blessing of the fishing fleet. An open air Mass followed by freshly cooked herring and a Ceilidh in the evening.
    • Events on July 6, 2014
      Ceolas Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Isle Of South Uist
      Description: A week long event of Gaelic song, dance and music. http://www.ceolas.co.uk/
    • Events on July 12, 2014
      Point Agricultural Shows
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Aird Showground Point Isle Of Lewis
      Description: Fun for all the family. Attractions, craft stalls, displays/demonstrations, highland dancing and music.
    • Events on July 14, 2014
      Sail Stornoway Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Harbour, Quay Street, Stornoway, United Kingdom
    • Events on July 16, 2014
      Hebridean Celtic Festival
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Stornoway Castle Grounds
      Description: Renowned for its truly special atmosphere HebCelt radiates out from its supershows in Stornoway’s Castle Grounds to intimate venues in rural communities. With a host of fringe events to sample, lose yourself for the weekend in one of the most stunning festival locations in the world. http://www.hebceltfest.com/
    • Events on July 18, 2014
      In My Father's Words'
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 18, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: Balivanich Community Hall
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 19, 2014
      In my fathers words
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: July 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Daliburgh, South Uist
      Description: Dundee Rep Theatre. n My Father’s Words is a beautiful play about identity – national and personal – and language, and the utter indivisibility between the two. In the year that the Commonwealth Games come back to Scotland, the Rep presents a play which re-tells the Scottish emigrant story for our times.
    • Events on July 23, 2014
      South Uist Highland Games
      Starts: 12:00 am
      Ends: July 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
      Location: Askernish Machair
      Description: Traditional day of Highland Games