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.
|Castlebay and Ledaig shore||3km||1 hour|
|Dùn Ban and Halaman Bay, Tangasdale||4.75km||2 - 3 hours|
|Vatersay beaches circuit||6.75km||2 - 3 hours|
|Eoligarry Explorer||8.75km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Heaval, from Castlebay||5.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Dùn Cuithir archeological walk, Allasdale||8km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|The Hebridean Way||253km||12 days|