The Western Isles were crowded with Santas yesterday (Saturday December 21st) as annual pre-Christmas runs took place in both Stornoway and Barra.

Stornoway Primary P7 runners (pictured) were among over 100 of all ages who turned out in the cold sunshine in Stornoway to make the dash around town. The event was organised by the temporarily renamed Sport and Elf department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Meanwhile in Barra there were Santas with sandy feet as the bright weather lured a good turnout to the Santa Dash at the airport beach, Traigh Mhòr.

Suzanne Forman and a team from Castlebay Community School organised the Barra event, which ended with refreshments in the airport café. Café proprietors Mick and Sharon took the chance to wish all their customers well for the last festive season they will be at the airport.

They said: “We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers old and new, a very happy holidays and all the best for New Year. As this will be our last Christmas as the proprietors of our beloved Barra airport cafe, we would like to thank all of our staff from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Stornoway Santa picture is from the Robson family and Barra picture from Jackson Frater.