Barra: Kisimul Castle by Kasia-D

From my series World from Above. The medieval Kisimul Castle which lies on a rock in Castlebay on the island of Barra, captured just before at the island’s beach airport. The survival of this unique airport has been in question but it may now be cheaper to replace the planes than build an runway. We left cloudy Glasgow to fly to sunny Barra on the only scheduled flight in the world to land on a beach with the timetable dictated by the tides! An amazing trip in a Twin Otter prop plane seating just 15 passengers, and the first officer doubling up as steward! “If it had been clear leaving Glasgow, we would have taken the scenic route a wee bit lower over the Sound of Mull…,” apologised the pilot. He made up for it by doing a circle of Barra before landing.

Location: Kisimul Castle, Castlebay, Barra. Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, Historic Scotland site
Please enlarge to appreciate the light, etc. better. Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm.

17.01.2013, 4200 Views

Title Image and Featured in the Redbubble Blog curated topic Bird’s Eye View on 17th Jan 2014!!

Featured in Amateur Photography Association, Northern Landscape, Where on Earth is This?, Highland and Island Photographers and From the Cockpit

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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dalmost 6 years ago

    Dedicated to Larry Davis, who reminded me of my amazing flight to Barra and the unique landing on the beach airport. Has to be experienced to be believed!

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...almost 6 years ago

    Thanks you so much for the link Kasia.
    I am overwhelmed.
    We have done every inch of this castle, as we contactwed John McNeill bwfore we left home, and who is the boatman to take you over to it.
    He was so helpfull, he walked us over every little crevice.
    And because I play Celtic Music ob Harmonica’s, I got to perform at the local Ce’ilidh on the Friday night and the Pub on the Sat Night.
    Hired a bike and rode all over the Island.
    Went to Vatersay and Mingalay.
    Photographed the “Wheel House” and discovered some Megolithis Round House ruins.
    And that was just a few things….
    So you can imagine the amount of images that I have.
    Again thanks, and take care my friend.

  • Wow, sounds like you really had a good trip. Also hired a bike and went to Vatersay. But I didn’t plan nearly enough time for Barra on that tour from Vatersay to Lewis. Already went back to the main Uist chain from Eriskay to Berneray and hope to go back to Barra another time. Really would have loved to hear you at the Ceílidh! When I’m in Edinburgh I go to Sandy Bell’s bar where there is a Monday evening harmonica “jam session” where I’m sure you’d also be welcome!

    – Kasia-D

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...almost 6 years ago

    I think I need to clean my keyboard…??
    Sorry about all the typo’s…….

  • Larry, don’t worry – I understood everything!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous shot!!

  • Kasia, thank you so much for joining me on my travels!

    – Kasia-D

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Fabulous shot

  • Thank you! It was a fabulous plane trip.

    – Kasia-D

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 5 years ago


  • Ranald, thank you here too!

    – Kasia-D

  • Stuart  Fellowes
    Stuart Fellowesover 5 years ago

    Very nice castle that I was unaware of. This will make a good subject for one of my production models and will be done after I have finished Hermitage, Bothwell and Castle Stalker this winter. Thanks for the inspiration. The reflection of sunlight on the water really gives texture to this picture.

  • Stuart, thank you for the lovely comment and YS. Nice to hear I could bring this interesting wee castle to your attention and even inspire you:-) I have a couple more shots taken from the shore but I’m sure you’ll a lot on the internet. If you do go to Barra you have to fly there and land on the beach – an amazing experience!

    – Kasia-D

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaover 5 years ago

    Great capture …. :))

  • Thank you very much. Honoured you like this.

    – Kasia-D

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraover 5 years ago

    Makes me want to visit! Fantastic image and spot!

  • Silvia, thank you very much! If you ever get the chance to visit the Outer Hebrides you must fly to Barra and then island hop northwards. And let me know beforehand so I can give you some tips:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    wow!!!.. what a gorgeous capture!!!!

  • Wow, thank you very much Lorena Maria! I’m very pleased you visited and liked this shot so much!

    – Kasia-D

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