Castlebay - Harbour Operations Information
The Ferry Terminal
Isle of Barra
Phone: +44 (0) 1871 810306 (Press Option 2)
56.9545° N, 7.4866° W
Wind & Weather Data
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Yachts should enter Castlebay keeping the land area of Ledaig on their starboard side. Yachts are reminded to keep clear of the ferry approach line when approaching Castlebay. CFL do not operate any moorings in the bay area. Moorings are privately owned and there is a Marina with pontoon facilities operated by a 3rd Party located to the West of the pier. Yachts must make prior booking before approaching the pier.
Cruise vessels, up to 100m length and 4m draught, can go alongside the ferry pier with prior booking. Priority will be given to the scheduled ferry service.
For more information on things to do in Barra visit Isle of Barra
Cruise Ship Tenders
The linkspan can be used for tender landings if notice is given. Slipway access may also be provided but only upon consultation with the port in advance.
Vessels up to 100m and 4m draught can be accommodated alongside. The scheduled ferry has priority access to the berth.
Fishing vessels can use the main ferry pier and there is a small slipway that can also be utilised to land catch, subject to consultation with the port in advance. The scheduled ferry has priority access to the berth.
About the local harbour
Castlebay is generally sheltered from all directions. The main attraction is Kisimul Castle which sits out in the bay area to the immediate South of the pier.
More information on local attractions and services can be found at the following link: Bùth Bharraigh
There are over 700 ferry movements a year.
Anchorages available as per charts.
Moorings are privately owned and there is a Marina with pontoon facilities operated by a 3rd Party located to the West of the pier.
There is a pontoon facility operated by a 3rd Party located to the West of the pier.
Authority / Operator
Authority: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)
Operator: CalMac Harbours (Division of CalMac Ferries Ltd)
Approx annual tonnage
2 000 000 GT
Ferry / Cruise / Fishing / Local Sea Tours
River / Tidal Berths
No. of berths
Commercial cargo handling facilities
Linkspans: 1 capacity 120T
Waste - Yes
Harbour User Consultative Forum
Previous meeting records can be found at the links below (November 2020)
Latest meeting records can be found at the links below (May 2021)
Harbour User Information
CalMac Harbours would welcome all feedback on Navigation and Port Waste Management. For the questionnaires, please refer to the Procedures and Documents section of the website.