Monday, 21 May 2018

Castlebay to Lochboisdale

Hi everyone,
At 0815 on 16th May we departed our anchorage off Vatersay.  The wind was NNW 8-10 knots and the sky held only scattered clouds, clearing as the front moved off.

We had a great sail north to Lochboisdale.  Loads of birds.  Several seals.  Occasional sunshine!

Heading north from Barra
Entering outer Loch Boisdale
Sadly the wind died altogether as we approached our destination so we motored in.  Lochboisdale has a small marina and - amazingly - is a UK port of entry.  Apparently yachts over-winter here since the rates are very low.

Zen Again in Lochboisdale Marina
Here is our 22nm track...

We secured Zen Again in a pen and arranged a taxi to take us shopping.  The taxi driver was a local and very friendly.  We paid him to take us on a short tour of South Uist island after we completed our shopping.  This included a stop at the Politician pub, named after the cargo ship which went aground nearby with a cargo of whisky.  Whisky Galore!

It was very interesting seeing the hinterland and learning about the island from a man born and bread there.  Good to meet you Alistair!

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