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Castlebay on Barra Guide

Castlebay is the main settlement on Barra and home to the wonderful Kismul (or Kiessimul) Castle which sits in the bay...

Castlebay sits on the southern side of the island in a sheltered bay and overlooked by Sheabhal (383m) atop which sits a statue of the Blessed Virgin and Child. (This is the most catholic Hebridean island). It is a steep but worthwhile walk for the views.

As the main ferry port, Castlebay has the range of services for visitors

  • hotels
  • ATM
  • Post office
  • Tourist Information centre (01871 810223 near the ferry terminal and opens for arrival of the main evening ferry)

The most notable reason to visit castlebay is to take the boat out to Kisimul Castle which sits in the bay and is one of Scotland's most romantic castles.

Opening: 1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, weather permitting (Closed during the winter season). Admission prices: Adult £5.00, Child £3.00, Concession £4.00. The Castle can be reached by small boat from Castlebay (approx five minute trip, weather permitting). It is recommended visiting this site with a guide due to the boat crossing, difficult terrain and various levels within the castle. There is shop is contained on one floor and has a sound loop. Contact Tel 01871 810 313

Castlebay on Barra Guide Hotels & Accommodation

Nicest bed and breakfast is probably Cuithir House about four miles out from Castlebay and five from the airport (3 bedrooms and fresh baked bread WIFI available. Tel: 0871810512) Also Airds (suitable for limited mobility, 3 rooms, 4 stars, Sky TV) Castlebay Hotel overlooks the castle with 5 r0oms, full restaurant, all rooms ensuite and free Wifi (see website, 0871810223). For wonderful setting overlooking the Atlantic see Isle of Barra Beach Hotel which also has full restaurant (0871 810383 and website here)