When we saw that the weather outlook for the Isle of Barra was going to be nice and sunny we decided to head south. We wanted to stay at Croft No.2 campsite again. We had discovered this wee gem on a previous visit to Barra a couple of years ago and it quickly became a favourite of ours. Along with being right on a beautiful bay it is also one of the most sheltered campsites in the outer Hebrides, tucked away from the wind. On arrival the weather was perfect and we had the good fortune to camp right in the dunes as we didn’t require power.
The following day was another stunner and we were up and on the water for high tide.
Mid way across the bay the water can get a little choppy with a cross current and exposure to the winds from the west. It is always best to check out conditions prior to entering the water and if in doubt don’t go out. Luckily this bay is fairly shallow. The deepest it got when we were out was about 1 meter – of course this depends on many factors the main one being tide levels.
Next on our list (and while the weather was good) was the beach at Vatersay. Another beautiful sandy beach with turquoise waters, it has been on my SUP-it list since our last visit when conditions weren’t so favourable – but when we arrived it was stunning! Getting down onto the beach from where we parked was a bit tricky as we were high on the dunes. If you travel a little further along the road there are more car parks which have easier access through the dunes. These were full when we arrived – it seemed everyone else had the same idea as us! Vatersay has two bays – the one to the east was more protected from the wind on our visit and had plenty to explore.
As the outlook began to change and the options for getting back to the mainland became fewer our time on Barra came to an end. Catch up with us next week as we head back to the Uists, meet some friendly locals who teach us some new skills and soak up some of the local history.
If you missed part one of our SUP Safari Scotland to the Isle of Arran you can read about it here.