Terminal Facilities and Transport

Welcome to Barra airport – a unique landing experience

Barra airport is famous for its beauty – boasting beaches, machair and hills – and all in a small island; Barra is a special place to visit – especially memorable if you fly in because of the beach landing strip. Washed by the tide twice a day, Traigh Mhor beach is reputed to be the only beach runway in the world to handle scheduled airline services.

Special Landing Procedures
Special procedures apply to ensure the safety of flights at the airport, which include no public access to the beach when the airport wind sock is flying. A strobe light on the air traffic control tower warns of imminent aircraft movements. Visitors and locals alike are asked to observe these restrictions. For further information, please follow this link.

Opening Hours

Monday, Thur, Fri 09.45 – 15.10 or 11.00 – 16.30
Tues, Wed 09.45 – 12.15 or 14.00 – 16.30
Saturday 11.15 – 15.10
Sunday 12.35 – 16.35

For bookings and flight enquiries during opening hours, please call: 00 44 (1) 871 890 283

Passenger services include a cafe and a pay telephone.  Mick and Sharon Cox run the café – both originally from Birmingham, they visited Barra on holiday and fell in love with the island!

Disabled Facilities
If you require assistance, we request that you make arrangements prior to your arrival through your airline.

Facilities include:

  • Disabled Toilet
  • Wheelchairs
  • Ramp Facilities
  • Stair Climber
  • Disabled Parking Bays

Car Parking
Car parking is free of charge and includes disabled bays, a pick up/drop area and is situated adjacent to the airport terminal building for SatNav our postcode is HS9 5YD. (Drivers are advised that vehicles and their contents are left at their own risk.)

Car Hire
Car hire is available through Car Hire Hebrides and Barra Car Hire at Barra Airport.  For hires that are picking up and returning to Barra, call Barra Car Hire on 01871 890 313.

For one-way hires between Barra and one of the Western Isles other islands, contact Car Hire Hebrides on the details below.

w – www.carhire-hebrides.co.uk

e – bookings@carhire-hebrides.co.uk

t – 01870 603 228


  • Barra Taxi – 01871 810012 or 07974 071255
  • Campbell Taxi – 07807 455331
  • Dan’s Taxi – 01871 810497 or 07807 526134

A bus runs between the airport and Castlebay – contact MacNeil Coaches on 07506072309 or see www.cne-siar.gov.uk.

Information for Pilots
Pilots are requested to read the following information regarding the airport’s operational information.