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The Isle of Barra is at the Southern end of the Outer Hebrides. It is often described as the Garden of the Hebrides due to the copious flora found across the island.

The island boasts numerous locations for photography. It is entirely open to public access so you can take a stroll to wherever you please: along deserted beaches, across lofty cliff-tops and around trout-filled hill lochs.

There are also many historic buildings and ruins providing perfect foreground subjects and the ever changing weather can provide excellent light throughout the day culminating in the often stunning and un-obstructed Atlantic sunsets.

If you grow tired of the landscapes there is also an abundance of flora and fauna to turn your lens to. The island is a favoured stop off for migratory birds in the autumn and winter including geese, swans and many species of wader. Birds of prey are also very prevelant from the ubiquitous buzzard to the majestic golden eagle.

The flora is exceptional with the island's machair land carpeted in yellows and white through the summer and an incredible variety of orchids including some rare varieties such as pyramid and butterfly orchid.

To visit Barra you can travel by ferry (www.calmac.co.uk) from Oban and Eriskay or you can fly direct from Glasgow with BA and land on the famous and photogenic cockle strand beach.

Camping is available for free beside the beach on which the plane lands and there are many self catering and guest houses. The best place to look for these is at www.isleofbarra.com or www.visitscotland.com.

Best time to visit? Any time.

Isle Of Barra Images

Halaman Bay
Winter Sunset at Seal Bay
Looking down on Castlebay from Heaval
Another of the amazing sunsets
Purple Sandpiper
Traigh Eais



Smilefantastic place lovely beaches visit vatersay a must also try the boat trip to mingalay

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