My visit to the Outer Hebrides started in Barra. I caught the ferry from Oban and spent 5 hours sailing past idyllic looking islands.
Just when I thought the views couldn’t get any more breath-taking we arrived in the harbour at Castlebay on Barra. This bay looks good with its backdrop of hills and glimpses of white beaches and most islands would be happy with this.
But not Barra.
No, Barra goes one step further by having the most delightful looking castle plonked in the middle of its harbour.
And then there’s Vatersay. Another, even smaller, island just to the south of Barra, but joined by a causeway. I’m convinced Vatersay has some of the world’s best beaches.
Even the cows agree (they were going for a paddle the day I was there)
And if that wasn’t enough, there are a lot of historical and literary links and there is a mountain to climb with a religious statue part way up (not quite Rio, but almost) and a view of St Kilda from the top.
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Is this how you imagined the Outer Hebrides to look? Are you tempted to visit? Share your thoughts in the comments below.