A friend recently journeyed to the Hebrides, for one of those team-bonding, business-building get-togethers.
She had an interesting journey. If, like me, you like small airports, you’ll love Barra. It’s a beach with a bungalow on it! Well, a bit more than a bungalow, but not a lot more.
So, presumably you can only land when the tide’s out.
The schedule is still governed by the ebb and flow of the tide …
Here’s the plane she rode in on, on the beach, snapped with her iPhone:
It’s a British European de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, or so I presume. I like these obscure planes you’ve maybe not heard of, that do so much of the quiet donkey work in the world’s out-of-the-way places, of which, I surmise, there are a very great many.
Here’s a video of the same (or an extremely similar) plane landing at Barra.
And here’s an iPhoto my friend took from inside her plane, of that bizarre propeller effect that you get with mobile phone photography of propellers:
It’s fun the first few times you see this. Ah the romance of propellers. It’s like there are still real steam trains everywhere, rather than just pretend ones for tourists and for weekend loonies to play with.