Hebrides Isle of Harris Pilot Notes & Charts

Pilot notes are meant as a general guide, or for use in conjunction with a Pilot book or chart.

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Tarbert is a live ferry terminal and as such no leisure vessel movements are permitted whilst the ferry is arriving or departing. Skippers must keep themselves informed of these times which are subject to change. Timetables are available at www.calmac.co.uk. There are notices to mariners also posted at the entrance to the ferry terminal office.
Two berthing options for visiting yachts and leisure craft and local leisure and commercial boat owners are now available for East Loch Tarbert, Isle of Harris.
For the cruising yacht there is now a completed chain of facilities from Castlebay in Barra, Lochboisdale, Lochmaddy, Isle of Harris and Stornoway.
Tarbert and Scalpay offer 220m of fully serviced pontoon berths with an additional 40m of berthing on the Tarbert attenuator, weather permitting.

Scalpay facilities comprise a 24m access bridge to 120m of pontoon with an ‘elbow’ at the first 40m.
The pontoon sections are 10m each and numbered. The visitor berthing areas are marked ‘visitor’ and are numbered 47-50 (south) and 27-30 (north) These are suitable for vessels with a draft up to 2.5m at the lowest Spring low water.
Pontoon sections numbered 43 – 46 (south) and 31 – 32 (north) are not suitable for vessels with a draft over 1.5m due to spring tide depth restrictions but can accommodate vessels to a draft up to 2.5 m at neap tides.
Pontoon sections 39 to 42 (South) and 35-38 (North) are available for local boat users.
Additional visitor berths come available subject to local boat use and at Neap tides. Please contact us.
There are 2 toilet and showers available in the Scalpay Community centre on the Fisheries pier, follow the signs. The Showers and toilets have been made available by the Scalpay community association and a suggested donation of £ 1 can be put in the key box on the wall. There are currently no laundry facilities in Scalpay.
Vessels can raft up on the pontoons during busy periods over the season. ​
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