NF6502 : Barra - Northern end of the lagoon as it nears the sea

taken 11 months ago, near to Baile na Creige, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Barra - Northern end of the lagoon as it nears the sea
Barra - Northern end of the lagoon as it nears the sea
This lagoon is partly tidal and partly fed by the (somewhat grandiosely named) Abhainn Mhr (Great River).
Directly ahead can be seen the hill of Cnoc an Fhithich (94m, 308') with a prominent mast on top.
See other photos of this lagoon:
NF6502 : Barra - Lagoon fed by Abhainn Mhòr near Borve (Borgh)
NF6501 : Barra - Southern end of lagoon near Borve (Borgh)
NF6501 : Barra - Cluster of houses near the bridge over Abhainn Mhòr
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
Tuesday, 29 June, 2021   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 19 July, 2021
Geographical Context
Coastal  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Estuary, Marine 
Island (from Tags)
Barra 
Primary Subject of Photo
Lagoon 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 6547 0220 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:59.3630N 7:30.6128W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 6541 0204
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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