Information on Sea-Angling

Sea-angling is not very popular in the Outer Hebrides. The only reason for this is that not many boats are employed in sea angling, Barra Fishing Charters being the first in Barra. Many species can be caught on the west coast of Scotland such as the Pollack and Coley. The seas around are filled with many species all depending on the time of the year and the area of fishing, either underwater reefs (mackerel, saithe) or along the coast (wrasse). You never know you might even catch an atlantic salmon which has been caught in the area. Rods are provided free of charge, and bait is also included in the price. Specialized bait is sometimes needed for the type of fish you are looking to catch, just let us know.


Information on Local Wildlife

We do wildlife spotting trips where you could have the chance to see seals, otters, porpoise, dolphins, crabs, lobsters, sea urchins and other sea life.

Seabirds which can be commonly seen in the area are razorbill, guillemot, kittiwake, shag, fulmar, common & arctic tern, black guillemot, storm petrel, great skua, puffin, common gull, herring gull, greater & lesser black backed gull.


Information on some of the Neighbouring Islands

Situated 12 miles (19 km) south of Barra, the now uninhabited island of Mingulay is only 2 miles (4 km) long by 1 miles (3 km) wide, but packed with an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. Mingulay and the islands of Berneray, Pabbay and Sandray, as well as Vatersay and Barra itself form the Barra Isles. Mingulay is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Protection Area.  The island has earned this status due to the importance of it's seabirds and breeding grounds, as well as the vegetation on the island.The cliffs on Mingulay are some of the most important seabird breeding grounds in Scotland. 

Pabbay lies north of Mingulay and it too was last inhabited in 1911. On Pabbay there is a Pictish slab/symbol stone that has been dated to the seventh or eighth century. The stone bears a simple cross.

Berneray, also known as Barra Head, is situated south of Mingulay. It too has bird filled cliffs and in 1833 the Commissioners of the Northern Lighthouses built a lighthouse on Berneray. It was chosen as the most southerly part of the Western Isles. The inhabitants left Berneray in 1910, leaving just the lighthouse keepers. The lighthouse was automated in 1980.