beautiful beaches in the UK

14/15 The Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The Isle of Barra, 60 miles from mainland Scotland, is the most Westerly inhabited island of the UK. Just eight miles long and five miles wide, it’s blessed with a truly beautiful coastline, deserted white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters – the type you’d expect to see in the Caribbean.

The sands at Traigh Mhor are used as a runway for the daily air service into Barra (but only when the tide’s out!) and it’s quite a sight to see a plane landing on a beach. Barra is also brilliant for watersports – sea kayaking is a must to explore up-close the beautiful islands and sheltered bays of the island. And keep your eyes peeled for seals and porpoises too.

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