When it comes to beach holidays, it is fair to say that Scotland and the Outer Hebrides do not immediately spring to mind as an obvious destination. However, this tiny collection of islands boasts some uniquely beautiful locations that can make for an unforgettable holiday.
One such place is the Traigh Mhor Bay on the island of Barra. Here, sun-seekers can enjoy a spot of ‘extreme sunbathing’ owing to the fact the beach also serves as an airport runway.
As the only place in the world where this is the case, a holiday to Barra certainly makes for some memorable tales. However, it also obviously raises the issue of accidents on holiday.
What holiday accidents might lead to claims for travel accident compensation after trip to Barra?
The immediate danger is obvious. Landing an aircraft is a task with small margins for error at the best of times. Doing so on a beach full of holidaymakers is, quite simply, a recipe for disaster and a holiday accident waiting to happen.
Unsurprisingly, the airport can only be served by small aircraft and sunbathers can enjoy the excitement and unique experience of the Twin Otters whizzing a matter of metres overhead.
A total of three runways run in a triangle along the beach and the charm of the place is further enhanced by the fact that flight times are dictated by the tides as the runways disappear under the water at certain points.
There are, understandably, numerous health and safety rules in place in order to guard against injuries on holiday occurring. Visitors and cockle pickers who regularly visit the beach are asked to pay attention to the windsock which informs them as to whether or not the airport is in operation.
When the airport is in operation it is advisable to stay well away from the landing and take-off areas. By all means, enjoy the unique sight of a plane speeding down the beach but do so from a safe distance to prevent memories of your trip being physically and emotionally scarred from accidents and injuries on holiday.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice