Traigh Mhor

(Cockle Strand, Tràigh Mhòr)

A wide sandy beach on the northeast coast of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Tràigh Mhòr (or Cockle Strand) lies to the north of Aird Mhor, a mile (1.5 km) south of Eoligarry. To the north it connects the island of Orasay to the shore at low tide, and is also the site of the island's remarkable aircraft landing strip. Scheduled services from Glasgow and Benbecula are able to land on the sand at low tide. In times of famine the cockles here were removed by the Barra folk in cart-loads and they continue to be harvested by local crofters to supplement their diet.

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