WELCOME TO CASTLEBAY
IT is called Castlebay because it’s a bay with a castle - as the boat heads for the pier you pass Kisimul Castle, ancestral home of the Clan MacNeil, who in their day made the Game of Thrones look like a bunch of sissies.
Check out: Visit Dualchas Centre to learn all about the MacNeil and Barra history.
The wildlife on the island is phenomenal – the machair on both Barra and Vatersay is breathtaking. The statue and stained glass of Our Lady Star of the Sea are a moving testimony to the island’s seafarers. The famous beach airstrip where the terminal building doubles as a café. Castlebay is the centre of island life: shops, fuel, a Co Op store, Post Office, and an ATM – make sure you buy some sweeties at the Hebridean Toffee Factory. Plenty of accommodation and Barra is famous for big breakfasts and home baking. Car hire and bus routes begin and end at Pier.
Journey: The A888 circles most of the island and don’t miss the small sign for Nasg Bhatarsaigh, (Vatersay) and cross the causeway to the island.
Hopscotch: As well as the Oban service there is the Barra to Eriskay ferry and over the causeway to South Uist where Lochboisdale has ferry link to Mallaig, and Oban in winter. Drive from Barra to the Butt of Lewis by a mix of ferries and causeways.