A guide to local businesses

Updated: 14 January 2022

Here is a summary of the current opening times of local places of interest and businesses.


Visitor Information & Community Shop

Bùth Bharraigh is OPEN: 10 January to 28 February

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00am-6:00pm

Tues, Thur, Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm


Bus Services

For timetables please click here 

Operated by Aurora Trans Company

Taxis and Car Hire

• Asty’s Barra Cabs is OPEN 

• Barra Car Hire is OPEN  

• Barra Taxi is OPEN and Island Tours available 

     T: 01871 810012 / 0797 407 1255

• Campbell's Taxi is OPEN Evenings from 6:00pm

• Dan’s Taxis is OPEN and Island Tours available

Ardmhor Coffee at the wee ferry



• Barra Bike Hire is OPEN.

     Please book bikes at least a day ahead of when they are required to

     allow for preparation time.  Either book directly with Barra Bike Hire

     or Bùth Bharraigh. 01871 817948

• Barra Golf Club is OPEN to members and visitors

     (Golf clubs are available for hire at Bùth Bharraigh for £5 per day)

• Barra Heritage Centre is CLOSED, reopens 2022.

     Questions/requests can be emailed to

     or contact Bùth Bharraigh

Barra Island Tours is OPEN.

• Beauty Republic is OPEN. 

     Monday - Saturday 9:30am - Late by appointment only.

• Castlebay Library is OPEN 

     Tuesday 4-6pm, Thursday 6-8pm, Saturday 10am-1pm

• Clearwater Paddling is CLOSED for the season, reopens 2022.

• Hebridean Revival Retreats.  Check FB for dates

• Hebridean Sea Tours is CLOSED for the season, reopens 2022.

• Isle of Barra Distillers is OPEN from 10th January 2022

     Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.

• Isle of Barra Surf and Coastal Adventure is CLOSED, reopens 2022.

• Kisimul Castle is CLOSED.

Mingulay Boat Trips is CLOSED, reopens 2022.

• Swimming Pool & Gym are OPEN.

     Sessions can be booked on CnES sports and leisure app.

Barra Bike Hire


Bars, Restaurants and Cafes

• Ardmhor Café is CLOSED

• Barra Airport Café is CLOSED PERMANENTLY 

Café Kisimul is CLOSED, reopens 2022.

     Frozen Cafe Kisimul curries available in Bùth Bharraigh

• Castlebay Hotel is OPEN for residents only.

• Castlebay Bar is CLOSED

• Craigard Hotel is OPEN for evening meals
     Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm to 7:00pm

     Friday - Saturday 5:30pm to 7:30pm

• Craigard Take Away OPEN (for menu see their Facebook page)

     Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm to 7:00pm

     Friday - Saturday 5:30pm to 7:30pm

• Craigard Bar OPEN

     Seven Days - 2:00pm to 10:00pm 

• Garadh a Bagh a Tuath Cafe is CLOSED

• Heathbank Hotel is CLOSED, reopens January 2022.

• Heathbank Hotel Bar is OPEN 

     Friday & Saturday 4:00pm  to 11:00pm

     Sunday 4:00pm to 10:30pm

     Monday - Thursday CLOSED

• Hebridean Toffee and The Deck are CLOSED

• Isle of Barra Beach Hotel is CLOSED.  Reopens April 2022

• Joan’s Barra Pizza is CLOSED, reopens 21st + 22nd January 2022

• Macroon’s Tea Room is CLOSED   

• Mairi’s Chippy is CLOSED

• Padula's Island Takeaway is OPEN

     Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4:45pm

     Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 6:00pm

     Sunday 11:00am to 5:30pm

• Vatersay Hall Café is CLOSED.  Reopens April 2022

Freshly made pizza from Joan's Barra Pizza

Freshly made curry from Cafe Kisimul


Caravan and Campsites

(Community would prefer campsites are used rather than wild camping. Please book (except Vatersay)

• Barra Sands Campsite is CLOSED for the season, reopens 2022.

• Borve Campsite is OPEN for campervans and tents

• Croft No 2 Campsite is OPEN

     Camping and Caravanning Club members only  

     (can join on site, ID needed)

• Croft 183 Barra Holidays is OPEN.

• MacNeil, Bogach OPEN (two pitches with water and electric)

• Scurrival Campsite is CLOSED for the season, reopens 2022.

• Vatersay Community Campsite is CLOSED for the season, reopens

     2022.  Toilets CLOSED, Showers CLOSED.

• Wavecrest Campsite is CLOSED for the season, reopens 2022.


Shops and Services

• A & C MacLean’s (Butcher’s) is OPEN 

     Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 5:30pm

     Sunday 11:00am to 13:00pm

• Barratlantic Fish Shop is OPEN

     Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm

• Beauty Republic is OPEN appointments only

• Caledonian MacBrayne Castlebay Office is OPEN at ferry times

     Mon-Fri 6:00am to 5:00pm

     Sat 7:00am to 3:00pm 

     Sun 6:00am to 12:00noon

• Castlebay Co-op is OPEN

     Monday to Saturday 7:00am to 10:00pm

     Sunday 12:30pm to 10:00pm

• Castlebay Post Office is OPEN 

     Monday to Friday 9:00am-4:30pm

• Garadh a Bagh a Tuath Community Garden is OPEN

     Monday-Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm.   

     Produce can also be purchased through Bùth Bharraigh.

• Padula's Island Stores is OPEN

     Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm

     Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm

     Sunday 10:30am to 6:00pm

• Royal Bank of Scotland is OPEN 

     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

     10:00am to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

• Thrift Shop is OPEN Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

     Donations cannot be taken during open hours.  Please arrange

     donations with Liz Tinney.

• Top Shop is OPEN 

     Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

     (Thursday pm ask at A&C MacLean's)



Castlebay Marina Castlebay Marina is now CLOSED. Re-opens 2022



Garrygall Recycling Centre is OPEN

     Tues 10:00am - 3:00pm, Wed 1:00pm - 6:00pm,

     Fri 10:00am - 3:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm

Public Toilets

Ardmhor Ferry Waiting Room Toilets are OPEN

• Barra Airport Toilets CLOSED, passengers only

• Castlebay Co-op Toilet is OPEN during shop opening hours.

Castlebay Hall Toilets are CLOSED

Castlebay Pier Toilets are OPEN when Calmac Office is open.

Garadh Changing Places Toilet is OPEN (Northbay Community Garden)

Vatersay Community Hall Toilets are CLOSED