In the southern extremity of the Outer Hebrides group, Barra is a rather small but densely populated and socially vibrant island, and a trend starter in terms of cultural events with a traditional Gaelic theme. Barra’s landscapes are sought-after by the world’s most fervent photographers, as they are of stunning beauty and capture the essence of Scotland in their rocky and rugged shores and harmonious colour pallet.
Barra’s population is very active when it comes to aggregating locals and visitors into celebrations of Scottish culture and the Gaelic language, and there are a few events going on regularly, the most prominent being Barra fest, which is an endeared musical event and attracts guests from all corners of the globe. In addition to being chosen as a setting for a number of films over the years, a number of regular television programs are filmed there in the present, including BBC productions.
As a distinctive trait, Barra’s airport benefits from a natural runway, none other than the beach of An Traigh Mhor, and flight schedule is not only synchronized by the authorities empowered to do so, but by the tide as well. Archeology enthusiasts will be captivated by the brochs dating from the Iron Age, as well as the long enduring medieval constructions across the island. As expected, fishing plays a significant role in sustaining the local economy, and there is plenty variety in the waters surrounding Barra. Tourism is the main income generator though, and considering the overall atmosphere on the island, that is not surprising at all.
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