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The final day of this tour of the Western Isles took us to Barra, and the sun returned, having not been seen since Monday. Barra is a gorgeous little island and the people really friendly. I’ve been delighted to be able to come to the Western Isles thanks to the organisation of Scottish Book Trust and the generous sponsorship of Scottish Friendly, so I’d like to thank them both for making this happen.

I’m not going to write much today, but instead am going to post a load of photos from the day. As with every other day of the tour, we visited two schools; both primaries. The second was CastleBay School; and the first was the smallest school we’ve visited all week – Eoligarry, just 23 pupils in all – I spoke to just 8 of them. The school has been threatened with closure but has recently won a reprieve for three years. To the local people, the school is vital. It’s doing a great job. And I very much hope it stays open, because we met some of the most wonderful young people I’ve ever met doing school visits. They’re obviously doing something right here on Barra…

View at breakfast

View at breakfast

The whole of P4, P5, P6 and P7 at Eoligarry

The whole of P4, P5, P6 and P7 at Eoligarry

Eoligarry School, Barra

Eoligarry School, Barra

Signing

Reading

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Football, including the hole in the centre of the pitch

Football, including the hole in the centre of the pitch

Saying goodbye...

Saying goodbye…


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