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31 August 2022

The small community of Eoligarry lies at the northern tip of Barra, with a small school and a series of white-painted houses dotted along the coast. Its beach, which runs along the top of the peninsula, is Traigh Sgurabhal and when the tide is out (as it was when I visited) you can literally walk for miles among around the headland. A small jetty lies at the eastern entry point, where I parked up, and then it’s down along the dunes and past the rock pools onto the wide, expansive and totally invigorating exposed sands. The patterns in the wet sand reminded me of Holkham beach in Norfolk. An impressive sand castle had been left at the back at the beach, which seemed a fitting tribute to this majestic bay.