Tag Archives: Barra

Hugging Archives and Christmas

Hugging Archives This week I wanted to focus on accessioning archives and the processes involved. When a collection has been offered to an archive, a lot of thought, care and attention are required. Archives need a lot of attention which … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Fishing at Castlebay

We return to the ever lovely Barra for two photos this week. The first shows the view down the main street in Castlebay looking out to the castle and Vatersay in the distance.  I love the line of fishing boats … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Right down at the bottom of the chain

Often when talking about the islands, people use the phrase Butt to Barra, signifying the area covered by the Western Isles from the Butt of Lewis down the to the island of Barra.  However, this does a disservice to the … Continue reading

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Friday photo: How many Pabbays?!

This Friday’s image is taken from Bosival at Leveburgh looking out over the sound of Harris to Pabbay.  Pabbay comes from the Norse “Papey” meaning island of the papar i.e. monks. The Outer Hebrides has three islands called Pabbay, all … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Landing at Barra

Landing at Barra Airport on the Traigh Mhòr is an amazing experience, unless of course you are a nervous flyer!  Lets hope that the weather brightened up a bit for these individuals!

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Friday photo: North Bay, Barra

This weeks image comes from Barra featuring a view of North Bay, featuring the church, taken by the photographer Violet Banks.  The image is a postcard from the collections held at Stornoway Library and appears to have been sent by … Continue reading

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Friday image; Barra and the Bishop’s Isles

We recently came across a beautiful 17th century map of the Uists, Barra and Bishop’s Isles entitled Vistus Insula vulgo Viist in Stornoway Library’s map collection. The map is made up of two pages and the  section shown above shows … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Barrafest

Yesterday and today people from all over Scotland will be making their way to Castlebay for the annual Barrafest.  Though it is one of Scotland’s smaller festivals, it has a big reputation, and is now firmly on the festival circuit. … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Uist Fair

Comhairle workers down in the Uists, Benbecula and Barra have had the past three days off, and hopefully have enjoyed the South Uist and North Uist Highland Games and the Highlands and Islands Young Piper of the Year competition.  The … Continue reading

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Friday photo; seagull egg sandwich anyone?

The above photo taken from Stornoway Library’s collection was purchased because it was assumed it was cliff climbing for seabird eggs on St Kilda.  However on closer inspection it would appear that it is actually from somewhere else in Britain, potentially … Continue reading

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