There’s more than one way to arrive at the Outer Hebrides, we sailed, from Oban to to Castlebay on the island of Barra, but not before we had a very tasty lunch at the cafe at the ferry terminal, lovely food, delivered by lovely people, I had a bowl of cullen skink, delicious, safe in the knowledge the weather was fair and we were in for a smooth passage, it probably wouldn’t be the best dish for heavy seas! Spud the dog is pretty chilled about ferry crossings, he stays in the van on the car deck, but there is a lounge on the ferry where you can be with your pets for the passage, but we think he’s happiest in his home on wheels and it avoids him having to navigate the precipitous stairs between decks.
But back to Barra, you can if you wish arrive by air
If the tide is out.
I was especially taken with the baggage reclaim.
And my many friends who like a Landrover, will be taken with the fire engine.
It also has a cafe, I’d been told in advance about its legendary fish and chips. But we were out of luck, I was gutted, it was to be a reoccurring theme.
We waited for the flight to arrive, there is something that feels very wrong about standing in the path of an aeroplane as it comes into land!
Plenty of spray, you probably don’t want to buy a second-hand plane from this route!(All that salty water can’t be good for the mechanical bits).
It taxis up to the door, and the ground crew attend.
The passengers disembark, take a selfie or two.
Things that need to be done for the return flight are swiftly attended to, and away they go again, before the tide comes in.
You can watch a landing, they are using one of the two other ‘runways’, landing across the beach rather than up the beach.