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A Local Guide to Barra and Vatersay

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Here is a summary of the current opening times of local places of interest and businesses.


Visitor Information & Community Shop

Bùth Bharraigh is OPEN: 1st October - 31st March

Mon - Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm

Sun: 12noon - 4pm

Every Sunday there is Craft Ceilidhs in the Bùth from 1-3pm

Bus Services

For timetables please click here 

Operated by Aurora Trans Company

Taxis and Car Hire

• Asty’s Barra Cabs is OPEN 

• Barra Car Hire is OPEN  

• Barra Taxi is OPEN and Island Tours available 

     T: 01871 810012 / 0797 407 1255

• Campbell's Taxi is OPEN Evenings from 6:00pm

• Dan’s Taxis is OPEN and Island Tours available


Business Listings

A Guide to Local Businesses

Updated: 22th May 2024

Ardmhor Coffee at the wee ferry

Here is a summary of the current opening times of local places of interest and businesses.

Visitor Information & Community Shop

Bùth Bharraigh is OPEN:

Hours 19 May - 30 September

Mon - Fri: 10:00am-7:00pm

Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm, 6:15pm-7:15pm

Sun: 12noon - 4:00pm, 6:15pm-7:15pm

If the Oban ferry is delayed the Buth will reopen for the ferry arrival for 1 hour.

Bus Services

For Barra timetables please click here.

For Vatersay timetables please click here.

Operated by Aurora Trans Company
Dogs are not allowed on the bus (except Guide Dogs)

Taxis and Car Hire

• Asty's Barra Cabs 0795 728 0392

• Barra Car Hire is 01871 890 313 /  0741 054 4014 (Whatsapp)

• Cursty's Taxi - 0753 135 2767 

• Neil James's Taxi is 0783 760 3321


Barra Bike Hire


• Barra Bike Hire is OPEN 

     Please book bikes at least a day ahead of when they are required to

     allow for preparation time.  Either book directly with Barra Bike Hire

     or Bùth Bharraigh. 01871 817948

• Barra Clay Pigeon Club is OPEN

     Shoots most Sundays or prior arrangement contact via social media. 

     For people from 10 years old and upwards.

• Barra Golf Club is OPEN to members and visitors

     (Golf clubs are available for hire at Bùth Bharraigh for £5 per day)

• Barra Heritage Centre is OPEN
     11am - 4pm Monday - Friday

     Teas, coffees and cakes available 

     Questions/requests can be emailed to

• Barra Historical Walks OPEN - Book through Facebook Page

• Barra Island Tours OPEN

• Beauty Republic is OPEN

     Monday - Saturday 9:30am - Late, by appointment only.

• Castlebay Boat Trips CLOSED

Friday - Tuesday 10am (weather dependant) from £25 per adult.
Fishing Trips from 6:15pm by request

Contact Donald on 07966139667

• Castlebay Library is OPEN 

     Tues / Wed / Thurs 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 6pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

• Clearwater Paddling is OPEN

• Hebridean Sea Tours is OPEN

• Isle of Barra Distillers is OPEN

     Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm 

• Kisimul Castle is CLOSED for 2024
   Boat trips around the Castle are available Thursday, Friday and

   Saturday from Castlebay Marina to book online.

• Mingulay Boat Trips is OPEN

• Paddleboarding at Croft 2 Campsite OPEN.

     Kayaks and paddleboards available for hire.

• Swimming Pool & Gym are OPEN.

     CLOSED Mondays


Freshly made curry from Cafe Kisimul

Bars, Restaurants and Cafes

• Ardmhor Café is OPEN

     Mon - Thurs 8:30am - 3:30pm

     Sat & Sun 8:30am - 3:30pm

• Barra Airport Café is CLOSED

• Barra Heritage Cafe is OPEN

     Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm

• Café Kisimul is OPEN

    Wednesday - Monday for evening meals
    Frozen Cafe Kisimul curries available in Bùth Bharraigh

• Castlebay Hotel is OPEN 

     Breakfast served between 7:30am and 9:15am

     Lunch served from 12:00 noon - 2:00pm

     Dinner served between 6:00pm - 8:30pm

• Castlebay Bar is OPEN

     Monday - Saturday 12:00pm till late

     Sunday- 12:00 till late

• Craigard Hotel is OPEN for evening meals

     Dinners from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

     Take-aways from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

• Craigard Bar OPEN

     Seven Days - 2:00pm to 10:00pm 

• Croft Kitchen Barra OPEN

     Honesty box in Eoligarry selling home baking and eggs

• Fish Box Kitchen OPEN 

     Wednesday 5:00pm - 7:30pm

     Thursday - Sunday 12:00noon - 2:00pm, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

     (Monday & Tuesday Closed)

• Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath Cafe is OPEN

     Monday - 11am to 3pm

     Tuesday to Friday - 9.30am to 3pm

     Breakfast rolls served until 11am

     Last hot food orders at 2.15pm

     Hot drinks and cakes served until 3pm

•  Greim at Grinn is OPEN

     Tuesday - Thursday - 10:00am - 2:00pm

     Friday & Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

• Heathbank Hotel Restaurant is OPEN

     Breakfast Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 12:00noon

     They do not serve lunch but soup, cake, tea/coffee avaialble

     Dinner served Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

     Sunday Roasts 1:00pm - 5:00pm

• Heathbank Hotel Bar is OPEN

    Tuesday - 3:00pm - 9:00pm

    Wednesday - Saturday 1:00pm - 10:00/11:00pm

    Sunday 12pm - 10:00pm

• Joan’s Barra Pizza is OPEN
    Friday, Saturday & Monday 5:00 - 8:00pm

• Piece of Cake, Vatersay OPEN
   Honesty box in Vatersay selling homemade baking

• Post Office Tea Room is OPEN

     Monday  - Friday  10:00am - 3:00pm

• Mairi’s Chippy is OPEN
     CLOSED 24TH & 25TH MAY 

• Padula's Island Takeaway is OPEN

     Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm

     Friday & Saturday 9:00am to 7:00pm

     Sunday 12:00am to 5:00pm
• Vatersay Hall Café is OPEN

     Every Day 10:00am - 4:00pm

Freshly made pizza from Joan's Barra Pizza


Shops and Services

• A & C MacLean’s (Butcher’s) is OPEN 

     Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 5:30pm

     Sunday 11:00am to 13:00pm

• Barratlantic Fish Shop is OPEN

     Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm

     Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm

• Beauty Republic is OPEN appointments only

• Caledonian MacBrayne Castlebay Office is OPEN.

     Phone number 01871 200 304

     Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

     Sat 9:00am to 3:00pm 

     Sun 9:00am to 12:00noon

• Castlebay Co-op is OPEN

     Monday to Saturday 7:00am to 10:00pm

     Sunday 12:30pm to 10:00pm

• Castlebay Post Office is OPEN 

     Monday to Friday 9:00am-4:30pm

• Garadh a Bhagh a Tuath Community Garden is OPEN

     Monday-Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm

     Produce can also be purchased through Bùth Bharraigh.

• Padula's Island Stores is OPEN

     Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm

     Sunday 12:00noon to 5:00pm

• Royal Bank of Scotland is OPEN 

     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

     10:00am to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm

• Thrift Shop is OPEN 

     Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

     Donations can be taken in during open hours or by arrangement 

• Top Shop is OPEN 

     Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

     (Thursday pm ask at A&C MacLean's)



Castlebay Marina is OPEN until 30th September.



Garrygall Recycling Centre is OPEN

     Tue     10:00pm - 4:00pm

     Thur   10:00am - 4:00pm

     Sun    10:00am - 4:00pm


Public Toilets

Ardmhor Ferry Waiting Room Toilets are OPEN

• Barra Airport Toilets are OPEN

• Castlebay Co-op Toilet is OPEN during shop opening hours.

Castlebay Hall Toilets are OPEN 

Castlebay Pier Toilets are OPEN when the Calmac office is open

Garadh Changing Places Toilet is OPEN during open hours (Northbay Community Garden)

Vatersay Community Hall Toilets are OPEN

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