Cheap Ferries from Barra to Eriskay

Barra to Eriskay ferries offer transport between the two Outer Hebrides Islands. The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, are situated off the coast of north-west Scotland. Service is provided by the Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Company, or CalMac.

Eriskay is located just south of South Uist and is connected to South Uist by a manmade causeway which opened in 2001. The causeway enabled South Uist’s ferry services to depart from Eriskay. Calmac’s vehicle ferries cross from Ceann a’ Ghàraidh on Eriskay to Castlebay on Barra. Crossing time is about 40 minutes.

Calmac’s Barra to Eriskay ferry offers several daily services throughout the summer months. Winter timetables can be checked on Calmac’s web site. Reservations are recommended for cars, but foot passengers don’t need to book. As the Barra to Eriskay ferry is short only basic drink vending facilities are available on board.

Barra is at the south end of the Outer Hebrides and is noted for its empty beaches and unspoilt countryside. Outdoor activities feature prominently on Barra and include cycling, sea kayaking and fishing. Castlebay Harbour, where the Sound of Barra Ferry arrives, is the island’s main town. Kisimul Castle sits on a small islet, in the middle of the bay, across from Castlebay.

Eriskay, at the other end of the ferry journey, is a prime tourist destination in tours of the Western Isles. Eriskay is sparsely populated and boasts pristine beaches, charming stone built crofts, and one pub, The Am Politician. The pub and St Michael’s Church, constructed in 1903, are the principal features of Eriskay’s main village, Am Baile.

Calmac have been operating ferries between the ports and islands of western Scotland for more than 150 years. They offer ferry services to 24 different destinations in the region. These destinations include some of western Scotland’s most picturesque and majestic places.

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