Barra Airport Today

Both Beaches

Barra Airport (IATA: BRR, ICAO: EGPR) is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The uniqueness of the airport is that it is the only one in the world where scheduled flights use the beach as a runway.

The beach is set out with three runways, marked by concrete poles at their ends. This allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind from almost any direction. At high tide, these runways are submerged.

Barra Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P792) that allows flights for the transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (HIAL). The airport is not licensed for night use.

Passenger numbers at Barra are now over 10,000 per year, with around 1,400 aircraft movements. There are also around 60 private light aircraft per year.

The draw of landing on the beach at Barra makes it an ideal film location for many production companies, and the airport is always being filmed all year round for its unique landing runways.