Barra and Vatersay

Barra and Vatersay

The Isle of Barra has often been claimed as the most beautiful of all the Hebridean islands. With a picturesque castle set on an island just offshore in its capital Castlebay, a wee hill with truly unbeatable views in Heaval, and a whole range of simply superb sandy beaches, all backed by wildflower rich machair, it is not too difficult to see why. On a fine summer day there can be few more wonderful places to relax and explore.

Just to the south and joined to Barra by a causeway, Vatersay is the most southerly inhabited island amongst the Western Isles. This too is a paradise for beach-lovers, with sublime stretches of sand facing west, east and south, and all three linked by a walk.


Walk Grade Length Time
Castlebay and Ledaig shore grade3km 1 hour
Dùn Ban and Halaman Bay, Tangasdale gradegrade4.75km 2 - 3 hours
Vatersay beaches circuit gradegrade6.75km 2 - 3 hours
Eoligarry Explorer gradegrade8.75km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Heaval, from Castlebay gradegradegrade5.25km 2 - 3 hours
Dùn Cuithir archeological walk, Allasdale gradegradegrade8km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
The Hebridean Way gradegradegradegrade 253km 12 days

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