When you discover the Isle of Barra by ferry, you’ll see that it lives up to its reputation as the garden of the Hebrides, but this isn’t your average garden: Barra has 1,000 species of wild flower, and some of the rarest birds in Scotland, including the elusive corncrake. On the approach to Castlebay on the ferry, look out for the dramatic profile of Kisimul Castle, built on a tiny rocky outcrop in the middle of the bay. On land, there’s the 12.5-mile run, the barrathon, at the end of June, and a visit across the causeway to Vatersay will reward you with a long stretch of white sand and turquoise seas. For a more seafaring adventure, go on a boat trip in search of common and grey seals, dolphins, and the occasional killer whale in the seas around the island.

Departs… Arrives… Duration… Provider… Frequency…
Eriskay Barra  40mins CalMac Year round
Lochboisdale Castlebay 1hr 30mins CalMac Year round
Oban Castlebay 4hrs 50mins CalMac Year round