01871 area code

Barra and Vatersay

The area code 01871 is for the islands of Barra and Vatersay in the Outer Hebrides.

Locations using 01871 numbers include:

  • Castlebay

Most numbers using the 01871 area code are normal Barra and Vatersay landlines but be aware that, as is the case for all UK area codes, such numbers may also be used for services without any physical link to the area. (More info)

01871 area code information

Area code:01871
Location:Barra / Vatersay
Council area:Na h-Eileanan Siar
Call costs:Normal landline rate
Area code required for local calls:No
Local number length:6 digits
Number format:01871 xxxxxx
International number format:+44 1871 xxxxxx
Number shortages predicted:No
Last code change:April 1995 (previously 0871)

Area code history

Barra's original area code was 0047. This lasted until 1968 when the code was changed to 0871, as part of a nationwide plan to free up numbers starting 00 for other purposes.

The 0871 code eventually became 01871, following a renumbering programme that took place across the UK during April 1995.

Map of 01871 Castlebay area code