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Castlebay
Castlebay
(Scottish Gaelic: Bàgh a' Chaisteil) is the main village and a community council area on the island of Barra
Barra
in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The village is located on the south coast of the island, and overlooks a bay in the Atlantic Ocean dominated by Kisimul Castle, as well as nearby islands such as Vatersay. Castlebay
Castlebay
is also within the parish of Barra.[1] The village is located on the A888, which serves as a circular road around Barra.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Economy 3 Community

3.1 Church 3.2 Education

4 Transport 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Kisimul Castle
Kisimul Castle
is located approximately 100 yards (100 m) away from the ferry terminal in the centre of the bay that Castlebay overlooks. It is the home of Clan MacNeil, but is currently under a thousand-year lease to Historic Scotland
Scotland
from the MacNeil of Barra. In the 2010 Channel 4
Channel 4
programme Dom Joly
Dom Joly
and the Black Island, Joly and Tintinologist
Tintinologist
Michael Farr identify Castlebay
Castlebay
and Kisimul as the locations of Kiltoch and the Ben More Castle used as settings in The Adventures of Tintin comic The Black Island, although the scenes of reaching it by boat and exploring it on foot were filmed at Lochranza Castle on the Isle of Arran. Economy[edit] Castlebay
Castlebay
is home to the majority of shops on the island. The main street forms a square with the ferry terminal and the ring road, and features several grocery shops, a bank, post office, and tourist information centre. There is a larger supermarket now to the west of the village, having opened in October 2009. There are also several hotels in the village. Community[edit]

Castlebay
Castlebay
village and the heights of Heaval, from Vatersay

Church[edit] The Catholic church in Castlebay, The Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, was opened in 1888 on a mound overlooking the town centre. It was designed by an architect from Oban, G. Woulfe Brenan, along with a house further down the slope for the priest to reside in. The northern gable of the church features a stained glass window depicting the Crucifixion, and the southern gables depict Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Renovation works on the church were completed in early 2007.[3] Education[edit] The Castlebay Community School (Scottish Gaelic: Sgoil Bhàgh a’ Chaisteil), is located on the western side of Castlebay. It is the only source of secondary education on Barra. Since 2007, the school has had responsibility for the Castlebay
Castlebay
preschool (both the English and the Gaelic Medium),[4] meaning that with its Primary School division it caters for all ages of school children. In September 2007, the school received an HMIE report heavily criticising the relationships amongst the secondary school's staff and management, but complimenting them in the primary school.[5] Transport[edit]

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] Caledonian MacBrayne

Legend

Lochboisdale, South Uist
South Uist
to Mallaig

Eriskay

Ardmore, Barra

Castlebay, Barra

Baile Mòr, Iona

Fionnphort, Mull

Tobermory, Mull
Mull
Kilchoan

Fishnish, Mull
Mull
Lochaline

Craignure, Mull

Scarinish, Tiree

Arinagour, Coll

Achnacroish, Lismore

Scalasaig, Colonsay
Colonsay
to Port Askaig
Port Askaig
& Kennacraig

Oban
Oban
to Glasgow Queen Street

The village is home to the main ferry terminal. It is known that steam ferries were plying between Castlebay
Castlebay
and Oban
Oban
in the late 1800s, but travelling conditions were poor. In the 1980s, a roll-on-roll-off car ferry terminal was built at Castlebay, allowing much larger ferries to arrive on Barra. Between 1989 and 1998, the MV Lord of the Isles travelled daily between Oban, Castlebay
Castlebay
and Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale
on the island of South Uist, sometimes stopping on the Isle of Mull. In 1998, the MV Clansman replaced the MV Lord of the Isles
MV Lord of the Isles
on the Oban-Castlebay- Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale
run. From April 2016, the former Stornoway ferry MV Isle of Lewis
MV Isle of Lewis
took over the Barra
Barra
route with a new dedicated service, operating seven return sailings a week between Castlebay
Castlebay
and Oban, allowing Clansman to operate dedicated services from Oban
Oban
to Coll, Tiree
Tiree
and Colonsay. Lord of the Isles will[when?] start a new dedicated service between Mallaig
Mallaig
and Lochboisdale, ending South Uist's link with Oban. The island's ring road, the A888, connects Castlebay
Castlebay
to the rest of the island.

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station

Terminus   Caledonian MacBrayne Barra
Barra
Ferry   Oban

Terminus   Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry (Limited service, summer only)   Tiree

References[edit]

^ "Details of Castlebay". Scottish Places. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ "A888". Sabre. Retrieved 24 December 2014.  ^ "The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea". Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. Retrieved 1 March 2013.  ^ "Sgoil Bhàgh a’ Chaisteil" Archived 18 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Castlebay
Castlebay
Community School. Retrieved 2 March 2008. ^ Castlebay Community School (2008) (pdf) HM Inspectorate of Education. Retrieved 11 September 2008.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Castlebay.

Canmore - Barra, Castlebay, Barra
Barra
Parish Church site record Canmore - Barra, Castlebay, Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea site record

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Prehistoric Western Isles

Callanish Sites

Callanish 1 Callanish II Callanish III Callanish IV Callanish VIII Callanish X

Other Neolithic Sites

Barpa Langass Carinish Clach an Trushal Eilean Dòmhnuill Fir Bhreige Pobull Fhinn Steinacleit St Kilda

Bronze and Iron Age Sites

Allasdale Cladh Hallan Dun an Sticir Dun Bharabhat Dun Carloway Dùn Èistean Dun Vulan

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Barra

Settlements

Castlebay Allasdale Ardmore Northbay

Mountains and hills

Heaval

History, culture and economy

Castlebay
Castlebay
Community School Clan MacNeil Compton Mackenzie Eriskay
Eriskay
Pony Isle of Barra
Barra
distillery Kisimul Castle Whisky Galore!

Transport

Barra
Barra
Airport Caledonian MacBrayne Loganair MV Loch Alainn MV Isle of Lewis

Surrounding islands: Sound of Barra

Fiaraidh Flodday Fuday Fuiay Gighay Hellisay Orosay

Surrounding islands: Barra
Barra
Isles

Flodaigh Lingeigh Mingulay Muldoanich Pabbay Sandray Uinea

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