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At the southern end of the end of the Outer Hebrides, Barra must come close to the top of anyone’s list of Scottish islands. It boasts several superb beaches including the famous Traigh Mhor, well known as Europe’s only beach airport. Regular flights from Glasgow land here every day. It is also a good place to gather cockles at low tide.

Another major attraction is Kisimul Castle in the middle of Castlebay. It was a ruin in 1937 when it was bought by the American architect, Robert Lister MacNeil, Chief of Clan MacNeil. He restored the castle and it is now open to the public under the care of Historic Scotland.

There are plenty of activities on offer: sea kayaking, surfing, power kiting and golf on the most westerly golf course in Britain. Boat trips go from Castlebay to the magical island of Mingulay. Heaval, 383m (1275ft), Barra’s highest hill, is easily climbed and offers stunning views.

Find out more on Barra from the Isle of Barra website

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