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Scotland is renowned across the globe for its rich culture and heritage, and its contribution to the world past and present. From its thriving contemporary arts and music scene to its achievements in industry, medicine, science, law and literature, Scotland's story is one of immense achievement
This is Barra Airport – one of the world's most spectacular and beautiful airports, located on the Hebridean island of Barra. If you're thinking, "No, you idiot, that's a beach," you're right! Barra airport is the beach. In fact, it's the only airport in the world where scheduled flights take-off and land on a beach. Of course, the schedule has to change regularly, as the airport's three runways are all submerged at high-tide.
Barra beach is, slightly surprisingly, open to the public. In fact it's actually very popular for cockle picking – just check if the windsock is flying first, as this indicates that the airport is operational. And if you need any more reasons to pay the airport a visit, the cafe in the 'terminal' is known to be among the best on the island.