Barra Airport with beach runway heads global poll of pilots and travellers
A tiny landing strip on a beach on a remote Scottish island has been voted the most stunning place to land in the world. Only light aircraft can land on Cockle Strand on the northern tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, but the experience was obviously memorable enough to stick in the minds of more than 22% of the 1000-plus respondents in the poll, conducted by private jet hire booking network PrivateFly.com.
Barra Airport beat tourist hotspots such as the Maldives and Gibraltar to be named the most scenic place to land in a plane. It is the only beach in Europe that doubles as an airport. One respondent explained that he voted for Barra because of the beautiful scenery “and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to land on a beach.” Other highly placed landing sights included London City Airport and Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming, USA.
[pictured: De Havilland Twin Otter touches down at Barra Airport]