Barra Airport is quite literally built on sand; the terminal building is in the dunes and the runway is the beach. The little Twin Otter plane provides the air link to Glasgow and while it is somewhat more expensive than the ferry it’s an amazing trip, on a fine day at least.
There can be few airports where you can take a walk over the dunes and along a virtually deserted beach while waiting for your flight. You can walk on the airport beach too but not while the windsocks are flying as a flight is due! Despite the weather the insect life was again tricky to spot although a dark green fritillary did provide a colourful highlight and the antler moths on the heads of ragwort were there to be seen too. Of the plants, pyramidal orchids were in surprising abundance although mostly just a little past their best.
The flight itself provided for great views back down on Barra and its unusual airport. From there we flew low over Coll, the Treshnish Isles, Mull, Iona and Jura. Then over Knapdale and Cowal and down to Dunoon and then up the Clyde. Like it had been from the ferry it was still possible to spot the odd gannet flying over the sea below!