Barra, United Kingdom

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Just four miles wide and eight miles long, Barra (Barraigh; Web: www.isleofbarra.com ) is like the Western Isles in miniature. It has sandy beaches, backed by machair, glacial mountains, prehistoric ruins, Gaelic culture, and a welcoming Catholic population of just over 1300. The only settlement of any size is CASTLEBAY (Bàgh a Chaisteil), which curves around the barren rocky hills of a wide bay on the south side of the island. It's difficult to imagine it now, but Castlebay was a herring port of some significance back in the nineteenth century, with up to four hundred boats in the harbour, and curing …
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Overlooking white sand beach; panoramic restaurant window delights in breathtaking sunsets over the open expanse of the Atlantic.