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These graves face the sea

These graves face the sea.  Out of all the graves in the cemetery, just these five, the rest face inland. There is a story here, but I haven’t been able to find what it is.  It’s almost better left to the imagination.  But still, it must be a tale and a half.

Barra cemetery with a close view of 5 prominent celtic cross engraved graves facing the sea. All the other graves face the land.

The detailed stone work is quite remarkable, the carving mixed with the lichen makes to the rough and weathered texture very compelling to me.

Close up showing the detail of Celtic cross grave in Barra cemetary. Moss and weathered rock visible.

The Machair wasn’t in full bloom, but there was still a small constellation of daisies on the fields.  This would be even more stunning later in summer with more colours and diversity.

View of early Machair from Barra cemetery

Cemeteries in the Outer Hebrides tend to be built by the sea.  Inland where the churches and villages are is too rocky to dig down.  This means that the cemeteries are by the coast and near the beach.  Often as in this case they are a fair distance from the church and the nearby village.

This cemetery on Barra had a stunning outlook; I could think of worse places to be buried.

View out to sea from Barra cemetery

The cemetery was surrounded by a low stone wall, which keeps the less athletic sheep out, and was a short distance from the road (500m or so).  This was on the west coast of the island near Borve.  It’s worth a visit.

Barra cemetery showing the graves facing the land, the drystone wall and the background hills

We were lucky with the weather; some ferocious storms hit this coast.  This day was tranquil and calm which was something I appreciated on the ferry sailing across from Oban.

Wikipedia as always is a handy reference.

And I’m not precise on the location but this was close to where it is.  You’ll see the prominent hill on the right.