island of Barra is a predominantly Gaelic-speaking island,
and apart from the adjacent island ofVatersay, to which it is
connected by a causeway, is the southernmost inhabited island of the
Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan Siar) in Scotland. In 2011 the
population was 1,174, just under 100 higher than the 1,078 residents
counted at the time of the 2001 census.
The area of Barra is roughly 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi), the
main village being Castlebay (Bàgh a' Chaisteil).
The west of the island has white sandy beachesbacked by shell-sand,
machair and the east has numerous rocky inlets.
Kisimul Castle at Castlebay is located on a rock in the bay, so
giving the village its name. A smaller castle can be found in the
middle of Loch St Clare on the west side of the Island in Tangasdale.
The highest elevation on the island is Heaval, halfway up which is
located a prominent white marble statue of the Madonna and Child,
called "Our Lady of the Sea", which was erected during the (Marian
year) of 1954. The predominant faith on the island is Catholicism
and the Catholic church dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea is
immediately apparent to all who arrive into Castelbay.
Tangasdale Beach Cottages
01899 830489 / 07720 305506
two spacious self-catering cottages are stunningly situated in their
own grounds, perched on the edge of the sea, near to the Isle of
Barra Beach Hotel. They are in one of the most idyllic locations
in Scotland, providing incredible sea views from all aspects; the
sunsets over the ocean are spectacular! They face South West,
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with direct access to the adjacent
wide, white sands of Halaman Bay and a secluded rocky cove.
cottages are beautifully furnished and carpeted, and are fully
equipped with satellite television, DVD player and CD player/
majority of the accommodation is on the ground floor, with a large
main bedroom occupying the whole of the top storey. The fitted
kitchen has a full electric cooker, dishwasher, microwave, toaster,
kettle, washing machine, larder refrigerator and freezer. Each
cottage sleeps six, having one twin and two double bedrooms. The
large double bedroom is up the stairs leading from the spacious open
plan sitting/ dining room, which also has a patio door to the ocean
bathroom has a bath with shower over, toilet, hand washbasin with
light and shaver socket above, and heated towel rail. In the hall
there is a double-door cupboard with storage space for coats and
shoes, and a large airing cupboard. A travel cot and high chair are
available.All electric, bed linen and towels are included.
cottages are situated in natural machair walled grounds leading down
to the sea. Well-behaved pets are welcome - the beach is ideal for
them!Parking for 3/4 cars in the grounds of the cottages.
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