My recent adventures have taken me to the small Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. The island measures about eight miles from north to south and about six miles from east to west. There is one ring road that goes round the island and it also is connect by a causeway to the island of Vatersay.
This idyllic place truly was a Scottish paradise. The sandy rolling beaches were endless and untouched. If there was one down side to the holiday it would be that we didn’t go for long enough! For active people you could easily spend a week in Barra, wandering the mountain, cycling, snorkelling, kayaking, exploring rock pools, swimming in the sea and playing a round or two on Britain’s most westerly golf course. I have to say the golf course was one of the highlights of the trip, with stunning views over the ocean. The course has a permanent ‘preferred lie’ rule which allows you to move your ball one club length from any lie on the course…it could be that the roaming cattle are the reason for that rule!
We were a family of 10 on this trip and finding self-catering accommodation to cater for that number was proving difficult on the small island! However we ended up in the perfect place. The Old School House Barra sleeps eight people with the addition of the small classroom outside, sleeping a further two of us (you could fit four in there). This luxury self-catering venue had been brought back to life by its welcoming owners to a high standard.
We opted to travel there by ferry, taking advantage of Calmac services. We travelled there via Sky, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay and on the way home direct to Oban. Calmac were excellent and run a fantastic and efficient service.
I would highly recommend the accommodation for a large family or group as it really was perfect.
All in all I hope my lifetime brings me back to this Scottish haven.