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The beach landing at Barra airport has been voted the world’s second best scenic approach.

Thousands of fans around the world participated in the poll run by charter plane company, PrivateFly.

Over 8,500 votes were received for 112 airports across the globe.

Adam Twidell, chief executive of PrivateFly said: "The top 10 is an annual bucket list for travel fans, a fascinating mix of global descents to fly in your lifetime.”

Voters said: "There is no runway but the beach serves as a runway. A plane therefore can only land at very low tide. This is the only airport in the world which has scheduled flights landing on the beach. Totally unique!"

Another commented: "Romantically remote and properly unique. The seawater splashes up all over the plane as it lands, often in three inches of water. Sometimes you have to disembark onto wet rivulets of sand and seawater pools. Nowhere else in the world will you find a shark cleared off the runway!"

"The whole experience is just fabulous. Such a stunning view coming in to land on the beach. You must do this trip at least once in a lifetime."

The top ten list is:

1. Donegal (Ireland)

2. Isle of Barra

3. Nice (France)

4. Queenstown (New Zealand)

5. Saba (Dutch Caribbean)

6. Orlando Melbourne (USA)

7. Toronto Billy Bishop (Canada)

8. London City (England, UK)

9. St Maarten (French/Dutch Caribbean)

10. Miami (USA)

Barra airport voted one of world’s most scenic landings

11 April 2018