An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

There are glorious beaches on Vatersay – all can be reached by easy walks from car parks. Here are three of our favourites:

1. Bagh a Deas – a secluded, shallow sand bay perfect for swimming

 

 

 

 

 

Directions: from the car park on the Vatersay tombolo walk south 1.4 km to the bay.

2. Traigh Siar – on the west side of the Tombolo a long beach, white sands, thundering Atlantic. Get that ozone high.

 

 

 

 

 

Directions: walk west from the carpark on the tombolo. Convenient beach for the Vatersay Community Hall cafe.

3. Traigh Bharlais – secluded beach in the north west of the island. Plenty of sand to relax on and rarely visited.

Directions: from the causeway follow the lane along the north coast of the island until it becomes a track beyond Caolis. Continue to the beach.

The round-island coastal route and full details of Vatersay’s top attraction are included in the book Islandeering: adventures around the edge of Britain’s hidden islands.

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