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31 August 2022

One of Scotland’s great historic coastal locations, where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil in his attempt to take the crown in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion – a move that would ultimately end in defeat at Culloden a year later. The Gaelic name for this impressive bay is Coilleag a Phrionnsa and the beach is locally known simply as Charlie’s Beach. Located right next to the small ferry terminal to Barra, it’s an unmissable spot for a walk – either before or after the ferry, or as a day out in itself. After disembarking the ferry after a beach-packed day on Vatersay and Barra, I took an early evening stroll down onto the beach and along the shore. A large gathering of a dozen or so people were just packing up to leave, and a few other families were dotted across the white sand bay enjoying the evening. Charlie certainly picked a nice spot to make his entrance.