Getting Here

There are 3 public transport route to the island:-

Current Transport Status

Ferry: Castlebay-Oban

Ferry: Barra-Eriskay

Flight: Barra-Glasgow

Getting Around

There is a public bus service operating on Barra and Vatersay.  For more info and timetables.

 

There are also car and bicycle hire and taxis.

Other Islands

If you would like information or to find accommodation for the other islands of the Outer Hebrides then visit the Outer Hebrides Website.

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Visitor Hub

Planning a holiday somewhere new can be stressful if you don't know who to call. 

 

Let us help alleviate the stress and help plan your Hebridean adventure on the islands of Barra and Vatersay.

 

Our staff and volunteers always offer a friendly Hebridean welcome.  They are knowledgeable about the islands and will highlight must-see attractions as well as encouraging you to discover the hidden gems.

 

Need help with your accommodation?

We have an accommodation booking service so if you are coming to the islands and need a place to stay or have any questions about your visit, please do not hesitate to call (+44 (0) 1871 817 948) or email.

Other Services

We would like visitors to have a enjoyable holiday and will help however we can. We offer:

  • Free WiFi

  • A printing service for boarding passes and other small items and photocopying facilities

  • Hire bicycles, golf clubs, a child's pushchair and a laundry service

  • Guides and leaflets: order online to plan your stay and we will post them out to you or send you weblinks.

  • Food, drinks and toiletries: order items online that you need for your holiday and we can have them ready for collection on your arrival or deliver them to your door

  • During our opening hours, we are at the end of the phone, email or social media to answer all your questions.

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Bringing a Caravan, Campervan or Motorhome to the islands

  • We welcome responsible visitors to our islands.

  • Please recycle and dispose of all waste responsibility.  Campsites will have bins for separated waste.

  • Most of all, enjoy our beautiful island and all that we have to offer.  We are extremely grateful that you made the trip and helped our local economy.

Safe Driving in the Outer Hebrides

Taking a trip to the Outer Hebrides by car or motorhome is an excellent way to explore the area.  However, single track roads do have a new set of hazards to cope with.  

  • Please drive carefully.  Many roads are single track and narrow.  Please pull into passing places, let traffic behind you passed and always give way to traffic coming uphill.

  • As the roads are narrow and there are no pavements please take extra care when passing pedestrians, cyclists, horses and other animals on the road.

  • For more information on driving in the islands and facilities please download this leaflet.

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Top tips for your island adventure

  • Plan in advance.  Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

  • At any time of the year, there can be difficulties getting on and off Barra due to weather or transportation issues.  Please bear this in mind when planning your holiday and leave some leeway to cope with unexpected delays.

  • Barra and Vatersay may be small islands but there is lots to do - make sure you are here long enough to enjoy all these islands have to offer.

  • Don't expect to get a mobile signal everywhere, or depending on your network, at all.  Our main provider on Barra and Vatersay is EE.

  • Be prepared.  Pack clothes and footwear for all weathers.

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