Castlebay was developed in the 19th century as a fishing port, but had been the stronghold of the MacNeil clan since 1427. Today it is the main town on the Isle of Barra, with a couple of hotels, church, post office, school, grocers, supermarket, bank, swimming pool and fuel station.
Barra is abundant with beautiful scenery, rare flowers and wildlife, which can be appreciated on coastal or hill walks, drives or cycle rides along the various small roads. The Tourist Office will provide information on the Barra Games (July), the 9 hole golf course, and trout fishing, bike and car hire. Transport connections include the Cal-Mac ferry to Oban, and Barra airport is famously situated on the beach on the north side of the island.