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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed here for 1 night on a business trip. It is a little very hotel with a beautiful room and lovely view of the castle and the bay. I would of come back again for a personal stay. Lovely food too and big portions

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We had a wonderful view of Kisimul Castle. This is the ancestral home of the MacNeil Clan and our MacKinnon family emigrated to Nova Scotia with the MacNeils and intermarried throughout the ages. The hotel also has an excellent location right across from the Ferry landing. The restaurant was very handy for our meals and the food was very good.

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Bridge of Weir
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Arrived in a cold wet gale after our flight was delayed for just over an hour because of low cloud. The warmth of the Castlebay hotel was matched by the warmth of our welcome. Nothing was a problem for the staff and dinner and breakfast were superb with plenty fresh seafood on offer. Eating cockles collected from the same beach...

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Kaimhill, Many thanks for your review. I am delighted that you had such a warm welcome & special stay with us at the Castlebay Hotel. We do hope to welcome you in Barra in the future on a day that the sun is shining. Kind Regards,

Greater Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Took advantage of lack of choice on the island in severe need of a refurb food disappointing fish was frozen in an where fresh fish are plentiful We will not be back Wifi was advertised as available but sadly was not and the TV in our room had obviously not worked for some time We could have had a room...

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Carol S, Thank you for your review. I can assure you that we get all our fish form Barratlantic our local fish processors and the fish would not have been frozen. As for the WIFI we do advertise that we have it but cannot guarantee how efficient it works at all times. This is a problem all over the...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Fantastic hotel, fantastic location in Castlebay. I stayed on a Monday night into a Tuesday during early November so the hotel and the town were extremely quiet. I'd flown into Barra solely for the purpose of making the flight from Glasgow to land on the beach. (I traveled all the way from New York and have plenty of advice if...

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Frqflier, Many thanks for your kind review. I am delighted to read such positive comments about all aspects of your stay. I hope if you ever come back to Barra that you do stay with us where hopefully you will enjoy your stay much like your last one. Kind Regards,

Letterkenny, Ireland
Reviewed 10 November 2016

A very nice hotel with very friendly staff and good food. Situated in Castlebay, Barra's main town, and overlooking Kisimul Castle, the Craigard is an ideal base for touring Barra and beautiful Vatersay.

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paisley
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Friendly bar staff, however booked a double room that was actually a single room. In the morning there was no hot water. Crap experience, just glad it was our last day of a wonderful holiday in the Outer Hebrides. The place could do with a lick of paint.

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Brian M, Many thanks for your recent review. I am gutted that you felt like this after your recent stay. I can assure you that this was not our intention. Please feel free to give us a call where I would be happy to talk/listen and see how we can compensate for how you felt. Kind Regards,

Hamilton, Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I visited the hotel on the 24th and 25th of October this year with my wife. the staff are very friendly, the rooms are more than adequate, and the views across the bay are stunning. I last visited Barra about 15 years ago, and whilst I stayed at this hotel, some of the locals advised me that the food was...

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Alex J, Many thanks for such a lovely review. I am happy to read that we did not disappoint you on your recent stay. I do hope to welcome you Barra soon and that you do not leave it 15 years till next time. Kind Regards,

Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We took a short break in Barra to enjoy the fantastic cycling and walking here and on nearby Vatersay. The Castlebay hotel was the perfect place to stay and made the trip an absolute pleasure. The location is ideal for the ferry (more about that in a moment). The hospitality was second to none, from a genuine warm welcome to...

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Velotouriste, Many thanks for your Kind review. I am delighted to read such positive comments about both our food and staff. We do try as a team to make everyone feel welcome and by reading your review can see that we did that. I hope to see you at the Castlebay hotel again soon where once again we will...

San Antonio
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Be sure to stay at the Castlebay Hotel when visiting Barra. The MacNeil Room looks over the bay and is beautifully furnished. The full Scottish breakfast, included with the room, is delicious and plentiful. The restaurant has great food and serves seafood caught that day.

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MMacNeil, Manager at Castlebay Hotel, responded to this review

Dear doglover06, Many thanks for your kind review. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Castlebay Hotel. I do hope that you come visit us again soon. Kind Regards,

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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Restaurant at the Castlebay Hotel
Restaurant at the Castlebay Hotel
Cuisines: British, Scottish, Seafood
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Overlooking the bay and Kisimul Castle, the hotel has 15 rooms, most with sea views, and the busiest restaurant on Barra. The hotel is the oldest on the island and the only one open all year round. We have a room specially designed for the less able-bodied. The hotel featured in the BBC TV series "An Island Parish".We are the only full service Hotel open year round on the Isle of Barra ... more   less 

Additional Information about Castlebay Hotel

Address: Castlebay, HS9 5XD, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Isle of Barra
Price Range: ₹ 3,944 - ₹ 11,699 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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Castlebay Hotel Isle Of Barra, Scotland
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“Sea views are the best!!”
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“I can't. The room I got was of very poor quality, with no hot water or room to swing a cat. All complaints fell on deaf ears.”
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