Vatersay Beach


How do I get to Vatersay?   Vatersay is linked to Barra by a causeway, opened in 1991.  There are no direct flights or ferries, however, you can fly to Barra with Flybe from Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, Manchester, Southampton and Stornoway.  Most of these flights are via Glasgow or Benbecula.  The Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry leaves from Oban on the west coast of Scotland on a daily basis.  There is also a Car Ferry available from Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, which leaves five times a day in the summer.


How do I get around Vatersay?   There is a bus service that connects with Vatersay, from Barra.  Other forms of transport are available from Barra – Car and Bike hire is available at Barra Cycle Hire.  Taxi’s are available from Barra Taxi’s based in Borve. Tours around the Outer Hebrides are available through Shearings Holidays.


What’s worth visiting on Vatersay?  The Annie Jane Memorial at West Bay, marks the site where the bodies of 350 passengers, about to emigrate to Canada on the Annie Jane, were washed ashore.  The abandoned village of Eorasdail, at the southern tip of Vatersay, is only accessible on foot, but is well worth a visit.


Where can I stay on Vatersay?  Taigh Sanna and Vatersay School (an old converted school) offer self catering accommodation.  Other accommodation is available on nearby Barra.


Any other information on Vatersay?  In 1986, a prize bull drowned swimming the Sound of Vatersay.  This further increased the need for a causeway to neighbouring Barra.


Other islands in Outer Hebrides: See pages for Barra, Baleshare, Berneray, Eriskay, GrimsayHarris, Lewis, Mingulay, North Uist, South Uist and Taransay.

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