Well, this is our next-to-last proper day on Barra and we will miss this lovely island when we step onto the ferry to Eriskay tomorrow morning.
As befitting a penultimate day, the weather was magnificent – sapphire blue skies, airy wisps of cloud and the deepest blue sea. Just the day for kite-boarding (that’s what I call it anyway) opposite the campsite.
At last Peter managed to sort out the dashboard camera and so we were able to film the day’s journey around the island. After popping into the café for cake and wi-fi we headed off towards Castlebay.
In Castlebay the marina looked full…
Passing through and on to Vatersay we followed orange-bottomed mum and two matching lambs! (featured)
The blues were the best I have seen this trip – so intense!
Down at our favourite shoreline on Vatersay the Shelduck family introduced themselves! We don’t know if these are the same parents we first saw in 2013 but another set of babies are making their first major voyage away from the nest. I have made a slideshow to show their progress. Father Shelduck (the one with the knob at the top of his bill) takes control of two naughty babies who have lingered behind and eventually sees them all following their mother back to the safety of their home. Magic.
Then onwards around to the beach and more landmarks:
Alfie meets his rather disreputable friend again! I don’t know what it is about him but Alfie is enslaved!
More irresistible photos…
Back along the Atlantic coast the sea was shimmering in the sun…
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful next to last day on this magical island. Tomorrow we will post our last blog on Barra and say goodbye to all our good friends in the café! We hope to see them again before too long.