Isle of Barra Beach Hotel
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Isle of Barra Beach Hotel

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On the beach with wonderful views of the Atlantic ocean. Restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, fish and meat. The hotel has an extensive wine and malt whisky lists. Guests enjoy a free cinema with over 2000 different films, bicycles, canoes and other extras. Car and electric bicycle hire is also available to guests
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Shared lounge / TV area
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Ocean view
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terrybensusan wrote a review Oct 2021
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom131 contributions73 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Not many hotels to choose from on Barra but we chose this one as it promised amazing views of the beach. We paid extra and had a room on the upper floor with amazing views of the beach. Upon arrival we met the owner who explained Covid rules etc. He confirmed breakfast included although we did explain that on our last day we had an early ferry so could not attend breakfast. We stayed for 2 nights. Dinner was booked for our last night.
I have read many of the reviews on Trip Advisor and can understand some of the comments. I loved the location and the view. The room was fairly small but this didn't bother us as we only slept there. The bed was very comfortable. We used the bar - thought drinks were on the higher end of what hotels charge but the G&T and bottled beer was good. Breakfast was really good. The lady with the trolley (sorry forgot name) was very cheerful and their was lots to choose from and it was tasty. Dinner was restricted to 3 main courses. I understand this. We are on a remote island and it was the end of the season. The fish was cooked well and tasty.
Things to be aware of when booking:
1. Wifi does not reach the room and is only available in reception, bar and restaurant area.
2. Water pressure is low. The shower is fed from the bath taps and if the hose is extended above 5 feet 3 inches the pressure is so low the water stops.
3. I asked at reception if there was a breakfast alternative as we had an early ferry to catch. I was advised that a cheese or salmon sandwich could be made available. Not exactly breakfast fayre but it worked ok as we had breakfast on the ferry and ate the sandwiches for lunch which were fresh and tasty. I was a bit disappointed that this was not offered when we checked in and explained we couldn't attend breakfast.
Overall a lovely stay with great views. However, the price in my opinion was too expensive.
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Date of stay: September 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Expensive to stay. Great view. Manage expectations before travel.
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Simone wrote a review Jul 2021
England, United Kingdom238 contributions51 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The most exquisite location. You can leave hotel go straight onto an unspoilt fine sandy beach with a walk round the headland to rocky coves and more.
The sand dunes are machair which is extremely special terrain filled with beautiful flowers.

Gorgeous common areas with fabulous lounge and bar and dining room all with huge and light with views over bay.

Although a lovely hotel, the atmosphere is relaxed and informal

The room we had was good, a little cramped with lovely views. Comfortable bed and good pillows.
Complimentary tea and coffee, biscuits etc. and fancy shower gel.
Because of Covid it could not be cleaned daily but supplies were graciously replenished by reception

Good breakfast and generous. Very enthusiastic service from young staff who were very friendly
For dining, food is excellent. Not a particularly varied menu. Best fish and chips we've ever eaten. Surf and turf, hebridean steak and monkfish, while very dear, was fabulous and worth every penny

Wine well priced and very good wine list and the gin list is impressive with local gin figuring

This is more than we normally spend on accommodation etc., but feel very happy at having indulged as we enjoyed our stay so much

Main niggle:
Poor WiFi in room 26. Sleep nearer the door if you want to Google through the night.

Tips:

take boat trip to Mingulay with Francis and Rebecca and get packed lunch at co op in Castlebay.

Watch out for jellyfish

Book to eat at Cafe Kisimul down at Castlebay if you're staying more than one night or have lunch there.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rob S wrote a review Jun 2021
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom46 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a year late getting to stay at the hotel, because of the pandemic. It was worth the wait.

We enjoyed a very warm welcome from the staff, who could not have been kinder during our stay. The hotel's location is stunning, overlooking a gorgeous white sand bay at Tangasdale. We started to relax as we walked along the seashore, looking forward to dinner in the restaurant with its wonderful view of the setting sun. Dinner was a delight - we particularly recommend the scallops and the monkfish.

We had a two room suite, which was perfect for us and our 12 year old, who had his own room with sitting area.

I'd recommend hiring a car or bike to enable you to get round the island under your own steam. We did this via the hotel. It was great fun cycling around the island and over the causeway to Vatersay. As a keen cyclist, I found the hotel e-bike a real treat - I enjoyed the breathtaking scenery without worrying about the hills!

Like all hotels, the hotel has had to make changes because of the pandemic but these did not reduce our enjoyment in any way.

We stayed three nights and were sorry to have to leave, but will definitely return. There's something very special about Barra and the Western Isles, and we cannot wait to go back to the Isle of Barra Beach Hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Go for a sea view
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TerryS003 wrote a review Jul 2021
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom24 contributions40 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Very uneven. Good in parts - the location, (facing the Atlantic by an almost empty white sandy beach, Barra and Vatersay have much of wildlife interest) the breakfasts, served by pleasant, personable seasonal staff.

And the rest? A couple of staff members are downright rude. As an example, we stayed 3 nights, and had dinner at the hotel each evening. On the second night my partner got a complete unpleasant, dressing down from the restaurant manager because on the previous evening I had left the table at least twice, inconsistent with the Covid regulations as he maintained, quite wrongly. I was therefore very surprised that on our third evening (we persisted as there are not really any alternatives) the same individual then removed his face mask on the third evening to serve guests (which is a breach of Covid regulations).

The meal booking system was shambolic. After I had booked a room, I sent a follow up email to book dinner each evening, yet this was ignored. I only found out on arrival.

The dinner menu is very limited, even after making allowances for the fact that Barra is a remote island and I can understand the problems of running a restaurant there.

The hotel Wifi only works in the central areas, not the rooms.

The bathroom soaps etc were derisory - I used my own.

It could be really good, but is not. It is expensive, because I guess they have to maximize income in what is a short season, but it is not value for money.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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shellym13 wrote a review Jul 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom125 contributions79 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect location.... unsure if its worth the cost. We stayed one night for my husbands birthday, we had a sea view room which cost 225 a night. Expensive but it was a treat.
We hired electric bikes which cost 40pounds for 8 hours. It was amazing weather so we cycled all around around the island and over to vatersay.
As it was a lovely day and night we just went to the co op and bought food and drinks for a picnic on the beach.
We met another couple who had decided against dinner in the hotel as it was 32pounds a main course! Even by glasgow prices thats expensive!
We had a nightcap of a tiny whisky and a baileys which cost 20pounds.
The service was fantastic and the breakfast was delicious! Especially the smoked haddock, it was a real treat. The bed was also very comfortable, the shower has very low pressure but we didn't care after swimming in the sea. It was hot and clean.
We walked yo castlebay the next day, its around 2 miles and a pleasant walk if you have decent weather.
I would love to stay again as the location is 5 star but I'm not sure we could afford it.
Well worth a visit.
Our return flight was cancelled and we ended up at the dunward hostel at the cosy of 55 pounds for the night as we couldn't justify the cost even though they had room.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book a taxi at the airport if you arrive in a Sunday as there are no buses. And definitely try...
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GM wrote a review Jul 2021
6 contributions4 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this hotel because the other 2 in Castlebay could not accommodate our dates. This hotel could, and from the web site it looked like a 5 star experience and worth the £225 A NIGHT for bed and breakfast. On board the ferry from Oban people went very quiet when we said where we were staying and finally a local told us that other holiday makers found it over priced. However, we thought we should make up our own minds.
The hotel is a one star! but masquerading as 5 with Ikea furniture, expensive menu and drinks and numerous staff who were a bit over friendly.
It has beautiful views of the beach and sunset.
The rooms are not cleaned each day, only when you leave. So bins are not emptied either.
My husband and I could not walk around the room at the same time, it was so small.
There is no phone to contact reception.
The bathroom is extremely tired looking with a bath and poor quality shower attached to the bath taps. It took 5 minutes to get hot water and the pressure was virtually non existent. I did complain about this at the time but no-one got back to me. There were 2 sachets of hair and body wash and bar of soap.
There was a folding chair for use in the room and another folded beside it. I still can't figure out where to put it so we could both sit down.
The wardrobe was an open rail and shelving unit from Ikea.
We didn't eat dinner because there was a menu displayed in reception with 3 or 4 main courses at a cost of £25 -£35 each.
There was no draught beer in the ample stocked bar, only bottles. A single measure of gin and tonic was about £6.50.
Breakfast was good and we had a perfect view from our VIP seats!!! We were told by our server they were VIP. They were padded and beside the window.
We stayed 2 nights.
On the last night I did speak to the owner to tell him what we thought as it isn't fair to put up reviews without giving him a chance to rectify problems. However, he said his hotel is value for money and worth the cost. We have stayed in 4 and 5 star hotels at home and abroad. The Isle of Barra beach hotel does not compare with them in terms of facilities and comfort in the rooms.
Honestly, I've stayed in better Premier Inn rooms!
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Date of stay: July 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from , Owner at Isle of Barra Beach Hotel
Responded 20 Jul 2021
Dear GM We are sorry to read such a review but certainly not surprised as you threatened us with writing a damming review during your extremely aggressive and threatening approach to our Reception staff on this subject. Your aggression was so threatening that we had to tell you and your partner that unless you both calmed down, we would have to ask you to leave and/or call the police. You and your partner then went down to the lounge bar where despite your comments on the bar prices spent the evening enjoying a drink whilst watching the England football team playing in the Euros. Here again you caused yet further problems with your very one-sided partisan comments which resulted in a number of complaints by other guests about your behavior. So to the facts, you did not pay £225.00 but £165.00 per night and again with surprise this is the first that we have heard about the people on the ferry. That said, your partner did say that you could find 5 or 6 people who would be negative about the hotel but made no mention of your ferry crossing apart from stating that it was enjoyable. The hotel has no stars and whilst we would certainly maintain that the hotel is very clean, comfortable and friendly, we have never masqueraded as 5 star and there is no mention of any stars on our website or in our advertising or brochures. Your description of the bedroom/bathroom and their contents is far from correct or even fair; without going into a detailed list of all that the rooms contain it must suffice to say that we totally disagree with your account. Our menu is limited in size as all our dishes are freshly cooked to order however, you are not right in your alleged prices; we always have main dishes on the menu that are below £20 and will, subject to availability produce extra dishes requested by individual guests. Surprisingly, you did not tell us you were unhappy with the hotel until the last evening of your stay. This disconcerted us as we would have supported you in any way we could and if needed even tried to find your more suitable accommodation for your stay on Barra. Your approach to your unhappiness on your stay was not in a helpful or even a sadly advisory manner, but in a threatening, aggressive way that put our reception staff in a state of fear.
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Mark T wrote a review Aug 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom26 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is by probably one of the best beaches in Scotland. Regretfully the hotel doesnt live up to its location. The double room could best be described as smallish . It does look more like student hall accomodation. The doors also have no self close so every morning when a patron is leaving to catch the early ferry ( at about 6am) there is a constant bang of doors closing.
Bottles of water could be provided in the rooms. Now I appreciate we are in Covid times but getting a clean mug to drink coffee out of each day isnt much of an ask.
The food is good but we stayed for 4 days and the menu didnt change over those days ( and the menu isnt extensive)
But in terms of value for money its difficult to justify. £240 per night for a couple with just breakfast thrown in. There`s not a huge amount of accomodation on the island so its about supply and demand but we`re not talking about 5 star accomodation.
Great island..great beach...shame about the hotel...
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Date of stay: August 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: One with ear plugs
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Wander620178 wrote a review Jun 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed four nights last week June 22. Rooms are spotless, comfortable, well serviced, quiet, and the view from our loft room window was breathtaking. Staff were friendly and efficient. Breakfast baskets perfectly adequate for us. We loved being able to access the beach for swimming and walking. You can almost dive out of your room into the sea! Body and surf boards at the door to help yourselves alongside an outdoor WARM shower to shake off the sand and warm up before sampling a Barra G&T in the bar!
Think past other' not so kind’ reviews. This hotel delivers what it offers. One of the most stunning locations in Scotland. If that’s not what you’re looking for on an island trip to the Outer Hebrides.....stay at home!
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Loft View Room
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Tabitha_Tabz wrote a review May 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this hotel is stunning, the local beach is a short walk out the back and there is the most beautiful rock pool that can be accessed at low tide. The staff were warm and welcoming however the hotel itself could do with a complete overhaul. Before booking make sure to read the fine print on the room descriptions, the basic ones don't come with the TV which is fine but the lack of a kettle feels astonishing cheap especially considering the price of the room, I paid £100/night excluding breakfast. The shower pressure is as bad as previous reviewers say and the water takes a long time to be anything more than tepid. There are only a handful of accommodation options on Barra and I strongly believe this hotel are taking full advantage of this lack of choice. This could be an amazing place if only some thought and care was taken.
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Date of stay: May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: This is a budget to mid-range hotel at best but with luxury prices. Either go for the...
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Jonathan M wrote a review Jun 2021
Formby, United Kingdom100 contributions95 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The positives, the staff were all absolutely lovely. Eugene, Tom and (I think) Erin were great. Erin’s delivery of the delights of the breakfast trolley had to be a highlight of anyone’s day. The room was small but clean with a comfortable bed. Great view of the beach from the bedroom window.

The lounge was comfortable, but unfinished as the ceiling needs to be painted. The bar was also fine with a good selection of gin and whiskey.

We were disappointed by two things. The food was average and overpriced. £16.75 for a main course of penne pesto. The “pesto” was in fact just the ingredients added to poorly cooked pasta. There was therefore a lot of olive oil, basil leaves, pine nuts and a separate serving of Parmesan cheese. It felt similar to a bowl with the ingredients to a cake, rather than a cake. Even a well served dish of pasta would not justify the price. Although other dishes were better, the price was steep for ingredients which could be bought at the local Coop. The bedroom was quite soulless, with breeze block walls reminiscent of a cell.

I think the hotel needs to decide whether it is bohemian or high end, as it’s failing on both counts and overpriced as it stands. £900 for three nights bed, breakfast, two evening meals and drinks.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Island H asked a question Jun 2021
Western Isles, Scotland5 contributions14 helpful votes
Please could I have an idea of the average cost of a room in Isle of Barra Beach hotel
Elaine P asked a question Mar 2020
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom43 contributions34 helpful votes
Hi ,is a well behaved jack Russell allowed to stay
Martin B asked a question Jan 2018
Highley5 contributions10 helpful votes
HI, I am disabled and use a wheelchair. Are any of your rooms wheelchair accessible?
Answer from Dreamer585834
5 contributions10 helpful votes
Martin, really sorry but I didn’t pay that much attention. Best to contact the hotel directly. Apologies. Roy
Answer from Oldgreymatter
Barra11 contributions
Dear James Many thanks for your inquiry, I'm sorry but we are a seasonal hotel and currently are only open between 1st May and the 2nd October, please try one of the Castlebay hotels.
Gerry D wrote a tip May 2024
18 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unless your booked in stayclear as they will just waste your time there are plenty more hotels on the island who are happy with your custom"
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Pam V wrote a tip May 2024
Anchorage, Alaska55 contributions25 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you stopped here for dinner you would have a nice experience. But rooms were very disappointing."
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Violet2450 wrote a tip Sept 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom58 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take food with you. Barra is a tiny island. There’s only the Kismul restaurant and the Castlebegh Hotel The Kismul must be booked"
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Ruth Ann M wrote a tip Aug 2023
Bozeman, Montana1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Relax & enjoy!"
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Amie B wrote a tip Jul 2023
Kingston, Canada50 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book well in advance! "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Isle of Barra Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Isle of Barra Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Kisimul Castle (3.2 km), Isle of Barra (2.5 km), and Buth Bharraigh (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Isle of Barra Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Isle of Barra Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Isle of Barra Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Isle of Barra Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Kisimul, Vatersay Community Hall Café, and Restaurant at the Heathbank Hotel.
Does Isle of Barra Beach Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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