The Outer Hebrides is a new cruising ground for us and it seems like a wild and beautiful area. We'll have a week or so (weather permitting) to head up the more sheltered eastern side of the island chain then do a clockwise circuit back to the mainland, down the narrow Kyles on the east side of Skye and then back southwards towards home.
Lochboisdale has an unlikely-looking, relatively new yacht marina (also home to some massive workboats for the salmon farms nearby) and is the ferry port for South Uist. There's a hotel, a gift shop and a cafe, and that's pretty much it! The marina is fairly industrial-looking but the hillside opposite is rugged and imposing.
|The marina was created by building a new stone causeway and road|
The ferry for Mallaig leaves at 06.40 every day and returns, to moor overnight, in the early evening.
|The morning ferry departure. Maunie and Bravo are the boats on the nearest marina pontoons|
We'll take the bus to the nearest Co-op (about 4 miles away) this morning as shopping opportunities, as we head north, might be few and far between. The long-term forecast suggests fairly settled southerly winds, with a bit of a wild and windy day on Thursday, so we'll find some remote anchorages. Likely to be no mobile phone signal, however, so we'll update the blog when we can, probably in a few days' time.