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Lochboisdale and Notes on Castlebay (Barra)

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57°09.00N 007°14.00 W


AC 2770-1 South Uist, Loch Boisdale; AC 1795 The Little Minch, Imray C66 Mallaig to Rubha Reidh and Outer Hebrides (with harbour plan of Lochboisdale)

Rules & Regulations

None known but do not impede the Calmac Ferry whilst it manoeuvring at the ferry pier


Mackenzie Rock on the South side of the entrance to the loch and isolated rocks inshore to the North. From Lochboisdale to Sandray there is a 20 metre shelf with numerous unmarked rocks/shallows.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Boisdale is 45 minutes before HW Ullapool. MHWS 4.3m MHWN 3.0m MLWN 1.6m MLWS 0.5m   (links)

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General Description

Lochboisdale Port Manager  Donald Currie  07586 787678  VHF 80
Caste Bay Marina   
+44(0)7932 748 077  or +44(0)1871810925   VHF #80 ... read more


Approach to LochBoisdale ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

That’s simple, there’s a marina!!  Berths here will cost £2.86 per metre per night with reductions for two days. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Up Date September 2023
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 11th Sep 2023
Notes on the Marina at Castle Bay on the Island of Barra have been added
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 10th Aug 2022
I reviewed these note in August 2022. This place is beginning to get a good rep; they had a French flotilla in last year - and put on a ceilidh for them in the hotel!! Still no intentions of getting Gas or Gaz.
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Best diesel pricing in the west
Written by Contender | 16th Mar 2022
L Boisdale marina diesel was the cheapest found west of Oban last year when out that way. Good priced marina and very helpful Laundry toilets showers good.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 2nd Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in July 2021. Lovely place and cheap at £2.70 a metre. Still no Gas/Gaz and no plans for it.
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The safe marina in the southern Outer Hebrides
Written by Fosdyke Wash | 8th Dec 2020
Yacht repair, maintenance and engineering services available. Winter lift-out, jet wash, hardstanding and re-launch packages. HM Donald can sort just about anything required.
24hr (unmanned) petrol & diesel pumps about 20mins walk from the marina.
Daliburgh Co-Op 3 miles - no food shops in L.B.
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Update Spring 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd May 2019
These notes were reviewed in May 2019. This development is proving popular but provisioning still remains a problem. Price has gone up and we've added new charts.
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Update May 2017
Written by Griffo99 | 18th Aug 2017
We have made a number of visits here and found the Harbour Master (Col) and Port Manager (Donald) to be most helpful. Wifi available. In 2017 Donald was fitting out a cabin as a shop selling basic provisions. The Post Office has a café, with wifi, that serves wicked cakes. Car hire can be arranged by Donald.
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Written by Don Thomson | 11th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. They've changed their pricing system for visiting boats. They are still struggling with the infra structure ashore; it's a brilliant, sheltered marina but it's separated from the rest of the islands by miles of roads and there is nothing here apart from the hotel.
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update Autumn 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 17th Oct 2016
The Harbour has issued two Notices to Mariners concerning the navigation of vessels constrained by their draft. We have summarised these NtMs in red at the beginning of the Approach section of these notes and hope to have a chartlet delineating the area concerned idc
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