An Airport Built on Sand

Barra Airport terminal building (c) Duncan Hutt

Barra Airport terminal building (c) Duncan Hutt

Twin Otter waits on the beach for the next flight (c) Duncan Hutt

The Twin Otter waits on the beach for the next flight (c) Duncan Hutt

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.

Dark green fritillary (c) Duncan Hutt

Dark green fritillary (c) Duncan Hutt

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.

A vew back towards the airport (c) Fraser Hutt

A vew back towards the airport (c) Fraser Hutt

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!

Iona Abbey from the air (c) Duncan Hutt

Iona Abbey from the air (c) Duncan Hutt

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2 Responses to An Airport Built on Sand

  1. Wonderful pictures. The colour of the sea reminded me of flying to Bird Island in Seychelles. (same aircraftas yours, but a grass landing strip and a tropic bird nesting on the ground at the entrance to the palm-thatched terminal tent.)

  2. I LOVE the aerial shots – mine are mostly white cloud. And the colour of that water…gorgeous. I never expected to see sea like that around the British Isles.

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