This is a small family run site in a fantastic location on the West Coast of Barra. We arrived on the very day that severe gales had been forecast to hit the islands. Our pitch was no more than 10 yards from the edge of the Atlantic which did cause some concern.
The owner supplied us with a long extension so we could occupy a more sheltered spot. That proved to be a fruitless exercise as we were rocked strongly throughout the night and didn't get much sleep due to the wind, rain and crashing waves. The following day did not show much improvement and I relocated to a position given partial shelter by the toilet block. I got some comfort when the locals said it was one of the worst gales they had experienced in years.
The toilet block is new and kept spotless. Pitches are mainly hardstanding and fairly level.
There is a hotel about 200 yds. Away (not visited). The walk to Castlebay is easy along the main road but there is hardly any traffic to cause concern. Apart from local coffee shops we ate at Café Kisimul, close to the ferry terminal. This is a cross between Indian and Italian. The food was superb.
Despite our unfortunate timing due to the weather there can be no doubt that this is an excellent site in a stunning location.
Great location for a site, perched on a rocky promontory with two beautiful white sandy beaches within walking distance. You'll be at the site in less than ten minutes from the ferry terminal. Being on the west coast, it is of course quite exposed if the wind blows!
Immaculate toilet/shower block with a small kitchen area. Only one shower and toilet in the gents (two in the ladies) but never had to wait. EHUs available on many pitches, chemical disposal point and fresh water tap.
Donald the owner is very friendly and helpful and has plenty of information on the local area. You can easily cycle or walk along the road to Castlebay from here where you'll find everything you need.
Great campsite. Set on the edge of the Atlantic so likely to be very windy. Toilet block now complete. Two ladies and 1 gents shower plus 1 disabled. Very modern with washing machine and dryer. Microwave and kettle in small kitchen. All very clean and fresh. Owner of site, Donald, can't be more helpful. Would use again without hesitation. Isle of Barra Hotel within easy walking distance for good, reasonably priced food in the public bar.
On our second trip along the Hebridean chain it was a disappointment to note that wild camping is now not encouraged on Barra, with the site at the airport now closed. We were recommended a couple of new sites that had opened, but none were really suitable, we then discovered this site on the west coast, an area we had not really thought about, and what a surprise! This site has to be the best we have stayed on for some considerable time, we stayed, sadly, for only three nights but intend to return to Barra, and certainly to this site.
The facilities are new only a matter of 12 months or so, and absolutely spotless, with only 1 shower in the gents, but there is the disabled one if not in use. I never saw a queue even though the site was very busy. I would certainly recommend this site to anyone, and the owner was on site every day and very friendly and welcoming, he's also the postie!
The site is spectacular overlooking a small bay, and we actually were the first to spot the dolphins, and the machair wild flowers surrounding the area were amazing. Will we return? You bettcha!
This is a great campsite in a fantastic setting, with pitches directly overlooking the sea and a small rocky beach. We saw dolphins from our pitch.
Donald the site owner lives just up the road and pops in regularly to keep an eye on things, as well as to greet new arrivals when the ferry lands. He is really lovely and welcoming, and works very hard as he is also one of Barra’s postmen!
The amenities are very new and still in excellent condition, and kept spotlessly clean. The toilets have hand soap and dryer, and also cloths to wipe down the basin area and a mop for the showers. The small kitchen area has a sink for washing up as well as a microwave, kettle, and freezer (fridge coming soon). A washing machine and tumble dryer are also available.
Whilst we were there the site was full on two nights as it was the weekend of the Barrathon half-marathon, but there was never a queue for the toilets or showers, although there are only 2 showers and toilets in the ladies and 1 shower and 1 cubicle in the gents (plus a disabled facility).
About 5 minutes walk up the road is the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel which has a bar and restaurant. Castlebay is just over 2 miles away (an easy walk or cycle) and has a Tourist Information Office and a couple of cafes, as well as a small but very well stocked Co-Op supermarket.
This is a good campsite for cycling around Barra. It is on the ‘main’ road which forms a loop around the island and is about 13 miles long. We also cycled up to the airport in the north – a tiny Flybe plane lands and takes off on the beach at low tide. To the south across a causeway is Vatersay – lovely beaches and you can stop at the community hall where they serve teas and homemade cakes, as well as having a selection of local products.
This is a beautifully situated site with excellent facilities and an extremely helpful owner but there are rather a lot of units, quite close together, which detracted from our enjoyment because we prefer a more bucolic environment.
It is well situated within Barra for access to petrol, bank, shops, restaurants and ferry port from Oban. It is easy to find the site even when arriving on the late Thursday ferry at 11pm.
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