– the beaches of the west coast have a mix of white sand and
rocky outcrops, while at Eoligarry there are dunes and you may hear a
corncrake if you’re lucky. You can make the lovely trip across the causeway to Vatersay, where there are beautiful beaches.
· Walking – the climb up Sheabhal is well worth it for the views on a clear day. There is a pleasant walk around Vatersay headland, and many other areas of the coast to explore.
- many bird species are to be found in Barra, including the elusive
corncrake, golden eagles, plovers, herons, and a rare sighting of
a yellow warbler. 2008 sightings have included a bee-eater and golden orioles. In the late spring and summer months, the machair is in full flower. Otters are resident in Barra, and have been seen at the bottom of our garden!
Or take a boat trip and you may see seal colonies, basking sharks,
dolphins, and many species of seabirds including razorbill, guillemot,
kittiwake, shag, fulmar, common and Arctic tern, black guillemot, storm
petrel, great skua, puffin, common gull, herring gull, greater and
lesser black backed gull. See our Links page for details of boat trips.
· St. Barr’s Church – ancient church and burial ground.
· Dualchas – Heritage centre in Castlebay with exhibitions on local history and culture. Also a café offering delicious home-baking.
– the golf-course must be one of the most scenic in the world,
and also unusual as each green has sheep fencing around it!
– live music by local musicians in the bars in Castlebay, as well
as dances and occasional concerts by visiting bands.
· Boat trips to Mingulay, kayaking and beach-kiting are all available – see our Links page for details.