Bagh Bhatarsaigh Beach
Bhatarsaigh Bagh (Bay), also known as East Beach, is on Vatersay Island. It is one of an archipelago known as the Bishop’s Isles, referring to the island’s former church ownership. One of the Outer Hebrides islands, the 3-mile-long island is actually a tombolo, separated in the middle by a narrow isthmus with Bhatarsaigh Bagh (Bay) on the more sheltered eastern side and Traigh Shiar to the west. Both beaches have startling silver sands made up of ground seashells and are backed by grassy dunes.
Believe it or not, the beach has car parking, toilets and a campsite.
This idyllic beach is 600 metres long and lapped by turquoise coloured waters on sunny days. It would not look out of place on a Caribbean poster!
Local landmarks include a memorial obelisk in the sand dunes nearby, erected in memory of the 330 people who drowned when their ship Annie Jane sank just offshore in 1853. It was carrying emigrants from Liverpool to a new life in Canada.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
OS grid ref.
NL 6340 9496
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Bagh Bhatarsaigh Beach Reviews
Out of this World
Tim SMay 07th 2023
In my opinion this beach beats the wonderful beaches of Harris and is my new favourite UK beach. Motorhomers can stay here for a modest fee. And given that it is a tombolo, if you want a wilder beach then you have one 400 metres away
Gorgeous! Like heaven!
Jane PlowmanDec 11th 2022
Fabulous beach. Just 5 other people on it in July. Swimming was fantastic. Nearby Community Hall has toilets and showers and fabulous homemade food for lunch.