The Isle of Barra packs a big punch for an island of modest size – beautiful beaches, hills, machair and moor feature prominently on an isle that covers approximately 23 square miles, or 60 square km.
My friend Robert, who hails from a nearby town on the west coast, calls it ‘Barrabados’, a humourous take on the Caribbean island Barbados.This view appears to be shared by writer Mike Maceacheran, who visited Barra in a recent piece published on the website TNT Magazine.
Mike, whose visit took place in the summer months, debunks the myth that Scotland is restricted to gloomy weather and his first impressions appear to be that of instant surprise:
Standing with luggage in my hand on a beautiful summer’s day, with turquoise, crystal-clear waters lapping the sand, it feels almost Caribbean.
You might not believe it, considering I’m in Scotland which is far more notorious for extreme weather at the other end of the spectrum, but the Western Isles and neighbouring Inner Hebrides are some of the sunniest places in all of Britain.
Mike spends his time hopping from one adventure to the next on the island, renting a bike to explore the island’s natural wonders and wildlife.