Barra, a small island in the outer Hebrides of Scotland towards the North-West of the Scottish Mainland with a population of just around 1000 people. For an aviation enthusiast this island is remarkable for its airport, which is only one of two airports in the world where the planes land and take-off directly on the beach. Definitely something special and reason enough for me to pay a visit to this place.
There are usually one or two daily flights from Glasgow International to Barra, operated by the Scottish company Loganair. The schedule varies though since it is dependent of the tides at the beach (you don't want to land in the water at high tide, do you?). And to make things even more interesting, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 plane is used for this flight, also commonly known as the Twin Otter, certainly a special and rare plane type, at least in Europe.
Alright, so after some searching around I finally decided to book this flight for a Sunday morning out of Glasgow at the end of September 2015. Just for the experience and to see a bit more of Scotland I decided to then take the Ferry to Oban and from there with the train back to Glasgow. To get myself to and from Glasgow just a couple of simple Ryanair and easyJet flights did the trick, nothing to write home about. This blog post will focus on the Loganair flight to Barra:
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After a quiet night in a small hotel in Paisley, the town right next to the airport, I took the bus back to Glasgow International:
Still early enough to do some plane spotting from the terminal building:
Hmm, so what to do now? I didn't really fancy a two-hour-long hike in this windy weather. Well then, let's try to hitch a ride. I put on my best friendly smile and asked a couple of guests in the café and for sure, already the second guy I asked directed me to two elderly ladies, which were about to depart and they would take me with them, no problem at all. And they even took the scenic route to show and tell me a bit of their island, very nice :-)
And with one last picture of the Twin Otter already lining up on the beach runway for the return flight to Glasgow I will conclude this report. This flight to Barra is a truly unique and wonderful experience, definitely a must do for every aviation enthusiast.
And that's it, hope you enjoyed reading this story. Next post will probably be about my stay on the island and the return journey via ferry and train back to Glasgow. Stay tuned!