NF6905 : Barra - Huge sand dune on Trigh Eais

taken 11 months ago, near to Barra Airfield, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Barra - Huge sand dune on Tràigh Eais
Barra - Huge sand dune on Trigh Eais
This enormous sand dune was towards the southern end of NF6906 : Barra - Tràigh Eais. This mile-long sandy beach is on the western (Atlantic) side of the isthmus south of Eoligarry. Between Trigh Eais and Trigh Mhr the land is almost completely composed of dunes with some machair on the eastern side.
See also NF6805 : Barra - Scalavaslain and southern end of Tràigh Eais
Barra (Barraigh) :: NL6698

The Isle of Barra (Barraigh) is towards the southern end of the long chain of islands that constitutes the Outer Hebrides. Since 1991 it has been joined by a 200m long causeway to its southern neighbour, Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh) the latter being the southernmost populated island of the archipelago. Beyond Vatersay to the south lie some uninhabited (but mostly formerly inhabited) islands, principal among which are (in order from N to S): Sandray (Sanndraigh), Pabbay (Pabaigh), Mingulay (Miùghlaigh) and finally Berneray (Beàrnaraigh) also known as Barra Head.
Barra is quite a bustling island for its size, having amongst the highest population densities of the outer islands (viz. 20/km roughly twice that of Lewis with Harris for example). The entirety of this population is situated around the coast or a little way inland along valleys, the centre of the island being mountainous and uninhabited.
One circular road (the A888) forms a circuit around the bulk of the island with a branching minor road heading into the Eoligarry peninsula (where the airport is located, see below) and another spur running south around the perimeter of Beinn Tangabhal to the causeway to Vatersay.
The chief settlement of Castlebay is clearly the hub of the island with schools, shops, hotels, a particularly excellent caf ( LinkExternal link ) and the port as well as Kisimul Castle on its own little islet in the bay, from which the town gets its name.
Barra airport is one of the World's most remarkable - it is situated on the Eoligarry peninsula towards the northern extremity of the island ... and it doesn't have a runway as such. Instead planes land and take off from the expansive beach of Tràigh Mhòr ("Big Beach"). Flight times are therefore dependent on the tide!
Statistics:
Area: 5,875ha (22⅔ miles)
Population: 1,174 (2011 census)
Highest Point: Heaval (Heabhal), 384m (1,259')
Principal settlement: Castlebay (with perhaps a third of the island's population)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 June, 2021   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 15 July, 2021
Geographical Context
Coastal  Islands  Estuary, Marine 
Island (from Tags)
Barra 
Primary Subject of Photo
Dune 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 690 058 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:1.4652N 7:27.3799W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 690 059
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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