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The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:49 pm

The world's most stunning landing spot – Barra


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Video Link: (To see all the landing and takeoff action with sound)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Cf1ODA6lc



Voted the world's most stunning landing spot. Barra's airport is the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach!


Barra Airport (BRR/EGPR) is a short- runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The beach is set out with three runways, marked by wooden poles at their ends. This allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to almost always land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea - flight times vary with the tide.


The airport has an elevation of 5ft and it has 3 runways. The first one 07/25 is 2621ft long, second one 11/29 is 2231ft long and the third one 15/33 is 2776ft long. The beach is also popular with visitors and cockle pickers, who are asked to observe the windsock to see if the airport is in operation

I booked my ticket on Flybe.com and able to do a same day return on Saturday. The cost is about 150 pound roundtrip, which is actually cheaper than BA flights from London to Glasgow.

I flew into Glasgow the night before and well rested with excellent Scottish Breakfast in the morning. The next morning before flight, I met up my friend Steve, who works at Glasgow Airport. I was pleasantly surprised to be joined by another Aviation enthusiast, Mr Michel Klein from Luxembourg moments before boarding. What a nice co-incidence!

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I was the first to be boarded the 19 seater Twin Otter. The first row is blocked for weight balancing and storage of baggage. We sat in row 2. There were 11 passengers in total, quite a few are also doing the flight to just experience the unique beach landing.

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There is no wall between the cockpit and the cabin, so one can easily see the pilot flying the plane and photo/video from the seat.

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Flight time to Barra was just under 1hour at 7,000 feet cruising altitude. The weather surprisingly cleared enroute to Barra.

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Video of the beach landing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1EIuTW65I


After landing, we were allowed to walk around the plane to have a quick photo and back to the terminal

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The small terminal at Barra

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A picture of Logan Air Shorts 360 was used to fly to Barra in the past.

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For 5 pounds, you can get your own personalized landing certificate with the airport master stamping it!

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Many locals came out to see the landing.

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We have about 4 hours before our return flight, so we joined a Day tour run by Rob Daly (http://www.barraislandtours.co.uk/) The tour is completely customized and fit to our timing. Rob showed up in his car and kindly took us around the whole island in the next few hours.

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Catalina crash site and the wreckage remains.

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The main town at Barra: Castle Bay

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Kisumu Castle

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When the sun came out, Barra can be as nice as Caribbean!

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Back to the airport beach in time for the inbound flight landing

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We had a wonderful few hours in Barra thanks to Rob’s warm hospitality and very knowledgeable guidance of the island. The island is very scenic and mostly relaxing. I am glad to be able to do some sightseeing apart from the flight.


On the way back to Glasgow. Pls see the video for more footage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Cf1ODA6lc

http://www.samchuiphotos.com/Barra/27.JPG


The landing in Barra is unique, one of a kind experience for everyone, not only for aviation enthusiast. It is an experience I strongly recommended to everyone. If time allow, you should spent at least 2 days in Barra for pure relaxation. The bonus on the twin otter is you can sit behind the pilots and watch them fly in and out of Barra, which is mostly interesting with amazing scenery.



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Video Link: (To see all the landing and takeoff action with sound)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Cf1ODA6lc


Comments are always welcome
Sam Chui

[Edited 2015-07-30 06:07:56]
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:02 pm

You gave me a reason to visit Scotland.

Fantastic. Thanks.

You were lucky with the weather it seems.
 
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:45 pm

Awesome trip report! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Glad you got to visit your friends before as well.
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:35 am

Wonderful trip report! Photos, video, everything! It is not often we get to see this, and you have captured it from so many angles. Thank you for sharing. =
 
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:43 pm

Nice report Sam. I'm doing this in a few weeks  
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:25 pm

Thanks for the TR, flying into and out of Barra looks absolutely stunning! The GLA-BRR flight has just been added to my bucket list!   
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:51 pm

Great TR! One for the bucket list of everyone on a.net 

My wife and I hiked and wild camped our way along the western shore of the Outer Hebrides about four years ago. We even camped beside EGPR, the only night I've ever pitched a tent next to a runway  

Cooking lunch on Tràigh Mhòr beach, Barra by James Benedict Brown, on Flickr
 
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:17 pm

Great report and photos.

Terminal looks like many terminals in outback Australia.
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:58 am

Lovely TR, smashing as always...

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Barra's airport is the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach!

]

Are you sure? I have read somewhere there 2 airports in the world which uses beach as a landing strip for scheduled flights. One is Barra not sure other one.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
When the sun came out, Barra can be as nice as Caribbean!

I agree, but (big BUT, lol) water is always freezing. Correct me if I am wrong....it's just pointless to go in the water on most of the beaches in the UK, even in the middle of the so called summer.
 
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:13 pm

Thanks to all of your comments. It is quite expensive to get to Glasgow and do the Barra flight if you live outside of UK/Europe, but I think the uniqueness is well worth the cost.

Quoting theaviator380 (Reply 8):
Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):Barra's airport is the only airport in the world to have scheduled flights landing on a beach!
]

Are you sure? I have read somewhere there 2 airports in the world which uses beach as a landing strip for scheduled flights. One is Barra not sure other one.

I would like to know where's the other one ?


Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):When the sun came out, Barra can be as nice as Caribbean!
I agree, but (big BUT, lol) water is always freezing. Correct me if I am wrong....it's just pointless to go in the water on most of the beaches in the UK, even in the middle of the so called summer.

Agree, would never want to swim in the water there  
Quoting jamesontheroad (Reply 6):
My wife and I hiked and wild camped our way along the western shore of the Outer Hebrides about four years ago. We even camped beside EGPR, the only night I've ever pitched a tent next to a runway

Excellent trip album, really enjoyed looking at it!
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:57 pm

Excellent TR, I hope to do this sometime this year.

The worlds only airport with scheduled service on a beach.
 
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RE: The World's Most Spectacular Beachside Landing

Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:40 am

Been a while since I had some time to read reports again, but this report surely brings back memories. Not from this particular route, but from when WF used the Twin Otter in Norway. Now I know what I'm going to do next summer haha.

Thank's again for the great report

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