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You’d almost be tempted to make sure you fly to Barra. Even if you have a car, a tourer or are pedalling around Scotland and the Hebrides using your very own two legs, a travel exception should probably be made at some point to land on Barra by plane, as this is the only airport in the world which uses a beach as a landing strip – and it’s also been voted the most stunningly scenic airport on earth by pilots in the know. It’s possibly also the easiest trip possible from Barra Airport to Croft 183 Caravan and Camping Site on the east of the island, given that the owners will pick you up from here or the ferry – and drop you off again when it’s time to go home.
Surrounded by striking Scottish sea views and with three fishing lochs on its edge, Croft 183 Caravan and Camping Site is a small family-run site not far from the Barra capital of Castlebay, where there are several other little touches to make you feel welcome: a campers’ lounge with kitchen facilities, TV, DVDs, games and info on what to see and do in the area; a special area for dog walks; a play park, and phone sockets and hairdryer added to the launderette. Pitches come in hardstanding or grass with optional electric hook-up, with a fully-equipped holiday cottage also available sleeping up to six.
There are patio areas and a barbecue for sitting out to watch the sunset, and campfires are allowed if you want to fry up those cockles you harvested from An Tràigh Mhòr (yes, the same beach your plane landed on; look for the wind sock to see when it’s safe to scavenge). For other supplies, there’s a shop on site, a Co-op supermarket and restaurants/hotels in Castlebay and around the island: buses to the supermarket and to Castlebay stop a minute from the croft.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
- Coach stations
Sligachan (Highland): Hotel Coach Stop
— 51.1 miles
- Train stations
Arisaig Rail Station
— 59.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Aird Mhor Barra Ferry Terminal
— 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Castlebay Barra Ferry Terminal — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Castlebay Barra Ferry Terminal — 3.6 miles
Barra North Bay Airport
— 3.2 miles
From the ferry, the take road to the right from the linkspan. Travel four miles and the site will be on your left, signposted Croft 183. We also offer free pick up and drop off at the ferries.
From airport please request a free pick up.
From Ardmhor ferry, go to the T junction, turn left, and at the next T junction turn left. After around two miles, turn right into site.
There are bus stops at the site.
For an island where the film Whisky Galore was filmed, it’s surprising that Barra doesn’t have its own whisky distillery. Yet – it’s in the pipeline. In the meantime, there are all sorts of wholesome activities to take to: birdwatching, surfing, hill walking and fishing off loch and shore – or simply sitting and contemplating the views over Skye, Eigg, Canna and Rhumm. There’s even a golf course, which the owners claim to be the most westerly course in the British Isles.
Head first for Heaval, the highest hill on the island and with its iconic statue of Virgin and Child (that’s it in the Croft 183 photos). Ben Tangaval in the west and Ben Cliad in the north are the main options on Barra for high hill walking, or, for confident types, there’s a Heavel Race to the summit and back every July. Almost any walk or hill walk will take strollers past historical monuments including Iron Age fortresses, a World War II bunker and old ruins, with wildlife also spottable along the way: look out for otters, seals, golden eagles, dolphins, basking sharks, buzzards and over a thousand different species of wild flower.
There are several lochs on Barra for fishing, mainly for brown trout, with sea fishing (and wildlife spotting) trips for mackerel, pollock and more available during the summer. Very keen inland anglers can try the Barra Challenge, catching one fish from all seven named lochs on the island in one day: just the ticket to fry up back at camp while the sun comes down over the croft.
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