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Hello, yes it has been a while since my last post but as you may recall I have been overseas. One place visited was Scotland, with a side trip to Barra.

Barra is a short-runway airport situated in the wide shallow bay of Triagh Mhor at the northern tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.  The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway.

The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends. This most always allows the Twin Otters (as shown on the card and the aircraft we flew in on) that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea. Flight times vary with the tide.

Great experience and one I highly recommend if the opportunity ever presents itself. The card was bought in the tiny village of Castlebay, hand cancelled by the wonderful staff at the local post office, but then with another cancel once the card got into the mail system. The stamp is the new  £1.17 (Scotland) country value definitive.

Best wishes   Michael

 

 

 

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