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A Guide to Local Businesses

Updated: 1st November 2023

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

Visitor Information & Community Shop

Bùth Bharraigh is OPEN: 1st October - 31st March

Mon - Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm

Sun: 12noon-4pm

Bus Services

For timetables please click here 

Operated by Aurora Trans Company
Dogs are not allowed on the bus (except Guide Dogs)

Taxis and Car Hire

• Asty’s Barra Cabs is OPEN 

• Cursty Peigi Car Hire is OPEN  

• Campbell's Taxi is OPEN


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 Clay Pigeon Club is OPEN

     Shoots most Sundays or prior arrangement contact via social media. 

     For people from 10 years old and upwards.

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 
 Group booking may be arranged during the closure if there is 

     advanced warning and if they can be accommodated.

     Questions/requests can be emailed to

     or contact Bùth Bharraigh

Barra Island Tours OPEN

Beauty Republic is OPEN. 

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

• 75min Boat Tours are CLOSED

   Contact Bùth Bharraigh for more information

• Castlebay Boat Trips CLOSED until next season.

Castlebay Library is OPEN 

     Tues / Wed / Thurs 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 6pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Clearwater Paddling is CLOSED for the Season

Climb Barra is CLOSED

Hebridean Sea Tours is CLOSED until next season.

Isle of Barra Distillers is OPEN

     Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Kisimul Castle is CLOSED for 2023 - Exhibition in Castlebay Hall     

   Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm 
   Boat trips around the Castle are available to book online.

Mingulay Boat Trips is CLOSED

• Paddleboarding at Croft 2 Campsite CLOSED. Kayaks and       paddleboards available for hire.

Swimming Pool & Gym are OPEN.

     Sessions can be booked on CnES sports and leisure app.

Barra Bike Hire


Bùth Bharraigh receives no funding for undertaking Barra & Vatersay Visitor Information Service. 
If you think we have done us a good job please buy us a coffee.


Bars, Restaurants and Cafes

Ardmhor Café is OPEN

      Sunday - Tuesday 8am - 4.00pm

Ardmhor Food Truck is CLOSED
• Barra Airport Café is CLOSED PERMANENTLY 

Café Kisimul is CLOSED 

Castlebay Hotel is OPEN 

     Lunch served from 12pm - 2pm

    For dinner seating at 6:00pm or 6:30pm but must be booked.

Castlebay Bar is OPEN

     Monday - Thursday 4pm - 11pm

     Friday 4pm - 1am

     Saturday - Sunday 2pm - 1am

Craigard Hotel is OPEN for evening meals

     Monday - Sunday 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Craigard Bar OPEN

     Monday- Thurs - 3:00pm to 10:00pm 

      Friday - Sunday 12:30pm - late

Croft Kitchen OPEN

     Honesty box in Eoligarry selling home baking and eggs

Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath Cafe is OPEN

     Tuesday - Thursday 9:30am to 3:00pm

     Last orders for hot food at 2:30pm

     Friday 9:30am to 2:00pm

Greim at Grinn is OPEN

     Tuesday - Friday - 11:00am - 2:00pm

     Friday & Saturday - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Heathbank Hotel Restaurant is OPEN 

    Wednesday to Saturday - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

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

    Sunday 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Heathbank Hotel Bar is OPEN

    Thursday - 4:00pm - 10:pm

    Friday- Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Joan’s Barra Pizza is OPEN (closed 13th/14th & 20th/21st Oct)
Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 8:00pm

Piece of Cake, Vatersay is OPEN
   Honesty box in Vatersay selling homemade baking

• Post Office Tea Room is OPEN

    Monday  - Friday  10:00am - 3:00pm

Mairi’s Chippy is OPEN
   Friday and Saturdays 4:30 - 7:30pm 

Padula's Island Takeaway is OPEN

     Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm

     Friday 9:00am to 7:30pm

     Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm

     Sunday 11:00am to 5:30pm
• The Deck is CLOSED 

Vatersay Hall Café is OPEN (closed 16th/21st/22nd/23rd Oct)

   Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm 

   Sunday  12:00am-4:00pm

   Monday 11:00am- 4:00pm

   Monday to Saturday11:00am - 4:00pm

   Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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 OPEN

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 OPEN

• Vatersay Community Campsite is OPEN.  

     Toilets OPEN  Showers OPEN

Wavecrest Campsite is OPEN


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 8:30am to 4:30pm

     Saturday 8:30am to 12:00pm

Beauty Republic is OPEN appointments only

Caledonian MacBrayne Castlebay Office is OPEN.

     New phone number 01871 200 304

     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 Bhagh a Tuath Community Garden is OPEN

     Monday-Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

     Produce can also be purchased through Bùth Bharraigh.

Padula's Island Stores is OPEN

     Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm

     Sunday 12:00noon to 5:00pm

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 can be taken in during open hours. 

• 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 is CLOSED for the season.



Garrygall Recycling Centre is OPEN

     Tue     9:00am - 4:00pm

     Thur   9:00am - 4:00pm

     Sun    9:00am - 4:00pm


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 OPEN everyday between 9am and 6pm

Castlebay Pier Toilets are OPEN

Garadh Changing Places Toilet is OPEN (Northbay Community Garden)

Vatersay Community Hall Toilets are OPEN

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