Barra and Vatersay landscapes 2015

Vatersay - Bhattersaigh

Vatersay (or Bhattersaigh, pronounced the same, in Gaelic) is the Southern most inhabited island of the Western Isles. It's joined to Barra by a causeway, but it still feels like it has a step change in terms of isolation.

A calm Bagh Bhattersaigh

Barra - Barraigh

Barra is a small island, about 8 miles by 5, but very well known for its size and population. It's famous for its airport which is on the beach and gets washed by the tides twice a day, and has also been used for many TV programmes.

Eoligarry

Around the Northern end of the island the sand is white and sea shallow, and with the high light levels the shallower parts of the sea are always a beautiful turquoise, even when it's raining.


Eoligarry with cloud approaching


Mother goose in front, Eoligarry


from Eoligarry, early evening


from Eoligarry, early evening

Trigh Scurival

Traigh Sgurabhal or Scurrival is the most northerly beach on Barra.
It mainly faces north and, like most other beaches around has beautiful white sand
which makes the water a kind of turquoise you expect from the tropics.
Take a look at satelite photography and it shows you can see the turquoise from space.

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes
Northern Barra towards South Uist

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes      Traigh Sgurabhal, Eolaigearaidh, Barra Gordon Stokes

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes      Traigh Sgurabhal, Eolaigearaidh, Barra Gordon Stokes

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes      Traigh Sgurabhal, Eolaigearaidh, Barra Gordon Stokes
Traigh Sgurabhal or Scurrival

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra Gordon Stokes
Shells, sand and dunes

Traigh Scurrival, Eoligarry, Barra, Gordon Stokes
Dunes, Trigh Sgurabhal, Eolaigearaidh, Barra



Barra airport beach, Trigh Mhr

Barra airport is famous for being the only airport on a tidal beach, where the tides determine the timetable.
I may be wrong but I think It's also the only airport with shell mosaics of wild birds on the walls of the cafe,
and where you can buy a haggis and cheddar toastie.
It's on Trigh Mhr, which means Big Beach.


Just off the runway at high tide


Airport beach (Trigh Mhr) with cloud approaching


Barra airport runway with an outgoing tide

Now the airport as an airport

Airport with tide in


About ready for planes


The new plane (2015) being checked out for take-off


The old plane taxi-ing



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