8 Things to Do in Isle of Barra That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Alice Mieles

Discover the best top things to do in Isle of Barra, United Kingdom (UK) including Barra Island Tours, Kisimul Castle, Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre, Clearwater Paddling, Buth Bharraigh, Barra Fishing Charters, Isle of Barra Distillers Ltd, Hebridean Sea Tours.
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1. Barra Island Tours

Ganetts Nest | Leanish, HS9 5UW, Scotland
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5 based on 89 reviews

Barra Island Tours

Let Rob or Paul take you to see Barra’s unique tiny airport, where the plane lands on Traigh Mhor (Big Beach). Barra airport is the only one in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach, so even if you have flown in it's a sight well worth seeing. See the abandoned village at Balnabodach, and take in the beautiful scenery and wild life that makes Barra what it is.

Reviewed By David C - Kangaroo Island

Rob picked us up from our accommodation in Castlebay and took us all round both Barra and Vatersay. The constant commentary was fascinating and made a huge difference to our visit which would otherwise have been restricted to the town area. Definitely value for money!

2. Kisimul Castle

Castle Bay, HS9 5UZ, Scotland +44 1871 810313
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Kisimul Castle

Reviewed By Charbala - Mundesley, United Kingdom

Worth a visit to this castle in the harbour surrounded by water. Ferry man goes every half hour in summer months. Only takes a 15 mins to explore. Inside small cottages around a courtyard. Some being renovated. Discrete location of privy off hall made me smile!
Also worth watching ferry moor up so close. Side by side castle seems so small. Amazing ferry doesn't crash into Kisimul castle when manoeuvring.

3. Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre

The Square | Castlebay, HS9 5XD, Scotland +44 1871 810413
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4 based on 61 reviews

Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre

Reviewed By B0rderers - The BORDERers

Spent an interesting hour looking through the exhibits, especially about Barra Atlantic fishing (where we shopped every day) and the airport where we had coffee and watched the planes land every day. Team were preparing for a local performance and celiedh on fishing industry that sadly we missed. Also worthwhile is the herring trail walk on the old quayside below the museum.

4. Clearwater Paddling

Dunard | Castlebay,, HS9 5XD, Scotland +44 1871 810443
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5 based on 29 reviews

Clearwater Paddling

Reviewed By jaiyne - Scotland

We kayaked from Barra to Mingulay over several days visiting the Islands of Pabbay and Sandray as well. We explored rocky coastlines and caves, watched puffins and guillemots up close, and landed on and camped near beautiful sandy Beaches. Chris was our guide, using his knowledge of local conditions and tides to make favourable crossings between the Islands, ably assisted by young Chris. We enjoyed fantastic camp dinners with lots of fresh vegetables, and cooked breakfasts every day. Great company- a bunch of strangers at the beginning of the week, a team of friends by the end. The best possible way to visit Mingulay, one of Scotland's most remote and beautiful Islands.

5. Buth Bharraigh

A888, Castlebay HS9 5XD, Scotland +44 1871 817948
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Buth Bharraigh

Buth Bharraigh Ltd is a local produce shop on the Isle of Barra including local crafts, food, wholefoods, books, wool and fresh produce. Also stocks products from other nearby Islands that we don't produce on Barra and Vatersay plus a range of goods from Highland Wholefoods. Launderette and Free WiFi.

Reviewed By xJackiex - Stoke on Trent

Called in here just to have a look and spent quite a bit ha ha...we bought a beautiful teapot with hand knitted cosy and a ceramic bowl...the lady was knitting things in there too...it sells good quality food and crafts...definitely worth a visit...Many thanks for your lovely response. I am glad you enjoyed your visit :)

6. Barra Fishing Charters

Oiteag na Mara, Bruernish, North Bay, Isle of Barra, Castlebay HS9 5UY, Scotland
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Barra Fishing Charters

Reviewed By 39anne - nelson

We travelled to Mingulay on the " Boy James", ably skippered by Donald and his mate. Lots of wildlife (dolphins/seals) seen on the outward journey.We had 3 hours on the deserted island which gave time to walk over to the stunning western cliffs, and to explore the abandoned settlement.
On the way back we visited a sea cave on the west side, truly awesome experience, before heading back to Castlebay. We can't thank Donald enough for an unforgettabe day.

7. Isle of Barra Distillers Ltd

Unit 5, Castlebay Business Estate, HS9 5XF, Scotland +44 1871 810582
Isle of Barra Distillers Ltd

The Isle of Barra Distillers shop is a great attraction for the Island and the only place on the Island were you can purchase a bottle of the Barra gin. A fantastic place to come and learn more about the story about both the Barra gin and the Isle of Barra distillers. We are on a exciting journey here and we are always keen to share it with anyone that wants to find out more.

8. Hebridean Sea Tours

3 Caolis, HS9 5YL, Scotland

Day trips from the Isle of Barra to St Kilda and all Islands accessible from Barra.

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