Traigh Mor

Outer Hebrides

This vast expanse of firm golden sand (the name means ‘Big Strand’) serves as Barra’s airport (a mile across at low tide, and big enough for three ‘runways’), the only beach airport in the world that handles scheduled flights. Watching the little Twin Otter aircraft come and go is a popular spectator sport. In between flights, locals gather cockles, a local seafood speciality, from the sands.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Outer Hebrides attractions

1. Barra Heritage Centre

4.99 MILES

This centre has Gaelic-themed displays about the island's history and culture, genealogical records, local art exhibitions and a tearoom.

2. Kisimul Castle

5.13 MILES

Castlebay takes its name from the island fortress of Kisimul Castle, first built by the MacNeil clan in the 11th century. A short boat trip (weather…

3. Eriskay

7.12 MILES

There's not much to see on Eriskay, but you'll pass through it on the way to the car ferry that crosses to Ardmhor at the northern end of Barra; Eriskay…

4. Kildonan Museum

13.9 MILES

Six miles north of Lochboisdale, Kildonan Museum explores the lives of local crofters through its collection of artefacts, an absorbing exhibition of B&W…

5. Loch Druidibeg

20.7 MILES

The northern part of South Uist is mostly occupied by the watery expanses of Loch Bee and Loch Druidibeg. The area is a Site of Special Scientific…