Situated on the Isle of Barra at the southern end of the Outer Hebrides island chain, Castlebay Marina is an ideal base to rest and relax for a day or two. A long day sail across the Minch from the Scottish mainland or the Inner Islands and you will be ready for some time to rest and recover and possibly replenish both your crew and your supplies in and around Castlebay.
The new and recently expanded marina facility will be in place and fully operational in time for the 2018 sailing season. The latest pontoon infrastructure developments completed over the winter of 2017/18 will provide a further 18 berths bringing the total number of berths for visiting yachts up to 32. There are also 6 swing moorings. All berths have access to power, fresh water, wi-fi and waste disposal (re-cycling).
Within a 10 minute walk of the marina there is access to shops offering a wide range of groceries and local produce plus all other amenities you would expect of the island’s main centre of population. Also available are gas and fuel if needed. Readily accessible shore side facilities also include a sports centre/swimming pool, toilets/showers, laundry, cafes, bank (with an ATM) hotels/restaurants and various cultural experiences.
Whilst you are here why not take some time to explore the magic of this stunning island. It has an amazing amount to offer in a relatively small, beautifully compact island. Cultural visits to the castle and surrounding historic sites are on offer and outdoor sports and recreation opportunities abound. Most places are close enough to walk too or alternative modes of transport, if needed, are local taxi and buses (contacts & timetables at the Castlebay Community Shop) or there is local bike hire and car hire. Also of note Barra has an airport with daily flights to Glasgow and a ferry terminal with a daily sailing to Oban.
Tourist information over recent years has referred to the island as ‘Barradise’ and ‘The Jewel of the Hebrides’ and in every respect it certainly lives up to both billings.