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Old 30 October 2011, 12:48   #21
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I've done it three times, once as a lone trip in a sib, once with wife and friends and once myself and wife, all were single boat trips. Just be well prepared and choose your weather. Fuel at Lochmaddy but its a fair distance from Lochmaddy through the Sound of Harris so you need to allow for that fuel usage if leaving from there by your boat. Ferry cost is now very reasonable because of the road equivalence scheme. Look at the Calmac website for the summer timetable from Uig to Lochmaddy.
The pub is the Puff Inn and there is a campsite area (read field) on St Kilda. The end of the jetty stays wet, at least it did while I was there. officially you should desk permission to visit but I've never heard of anyone being turned away. Just land, seek out the warden, if he/she doesn't seek you first, as a courtesy. I wouldn't recommend September as a plan, the islands can be particularly stormy that month. If you are looking to see the islands at their best - they're always beautiful in some way - then end of June into July is best, the Machair will be properly in bloom by then. If you are towing to Uist rather than crossing the Minch from Skye, you can launch from a slip at the south end of the Berneray causeway and this will put you on the west side ready to exit to the sea. Shallow water at low tide between N Uist and Berneray, sandbanks. Exit between Udal and Boreray and St Kilda is just a couple of degrees off due west. Go for it, you'll remember it for the rest of your life.
Hi ,

Jwalker , This is the kind of reply I am after , another positive outlook , and a wealth of Experience. Thankyou !

Its now looking like june/july for our planned trip , will be travelling over by calmac to Harris or Uist even though its going to be an extra 200 , we will have the added advantage of having the Camper Van with us so we can sit any weather out in relitive comfort before our trip.

Also having the van will mean fuel will be easier to get.

But all weather dependant ,I am trying to get weather statistics from previous years,

I know the Bernaray slips , But where exactly is the Slipway at Griminis, is it by the pier overlooking Vallay ?

Lots of Planning to do .....

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Old 30 October 2011, 13:22   #22
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....I am trying to get weather statistics from previous years...
Probably a waste of time. This is the outer Hebrides, it has it's own climate, there can be beautiful weather on Uist and pishing it down on Skye...four seasons in one day is very possible.

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Since you have a camper, my advise it to cruise up the west coast to the islands and have a good holiday, watch for a good weather window, fuel up the night before, get up sharp next day to make sure the expected weather is still expected and just go for it. It works for me.

Oh aye, if you're leaving from Leverburgh, you can launch from the Calmac slip while the ferry is away and you'll easily find parking there for your trailer. You'll be able to camp on the machair at Northton, which is just along the road. When you travel through Northton village, just before the machair starts, at the last house on the left there's a wee track and a short distance up it there is a tap should you need water.
If you're camping North Uist there are a few nice places... as you leave Lochmaddy take a right towards Sollas, a few miles further another right for Berneray. About a mile on, past the phone box look for the tap opposite the sheep pens. Half a mile further again take the left at the wooden house, follow the track to the end and there is good camping and a superb view. Put a few quid in the honesty box afore you leave. Further along the raod there is machair by the small bay where folk often camp and if you venture on to almost the road end on Berneray there is also good camping among the dunes and machair with a view over the Sound of Harris to the magnificent hills of Lewis. You can launch at the north or south ends of the causeway to give access to the water either east or west. The islands in the sound are very worth investigating and crossing to Leverburgh for a meal at the restaurant and returning late is a cool night out. Leaving your boat in Berneray harbour is very possible. There is no harbour master nor a charge and everything is done on trust. If you meet someone there it's worth a wee chat just so's they know who's about. The loos at the harbour have a coin operated shower and good facitlities, again there's a wee honesty box for donations towards it's upkeep.
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Old 30 October 2011, 15:01   #24
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Probably a waste of time. This is the outer Hebrides, it has it's own climate, there can be beautiful weather on Uist and pishing it down on Skye...four seasons in one day is very possible.


Oh aye, if you're leaving from Leverburgh, you can launch from the Calmac slip while the ferry is away and you'll easily find parking there for your trailer. You'll be able to camp on the machair at Northton, which is just along the road. When you travel through Northton village, just before the machair starts, at the last house on the left there's a wee track and a short distance up it there is a tap should you need water.
If you're camping North Uist there are a few nice places... as you leave Lochmaddy take a right towards Sollas, a few miles further another right for Berneray. About a mile on, past the phone box look for the tap opposite the sheep pens. Half a mile further again take the left at the wooden house, follow the track to the end and there is good camping and a superb view. Put a few quid in the honesty box afore you leave. Further along the raod there is machair by the small bay where folk often camp and if you venture on to almost the road end on Berneray there is also good camping among the dunes and machair with a view over the Sound of Harris to the magnificent hills of Lewis. You can launch at the north or south ends of the causeway to give access to the water either east or west. The islands in the sound are very worth investigating and crossing to Leverburgh for a meal at the restaurant and returning late is a cool night out. Leaving your boat in Berneray harbour is very possible. There is no harbour master nor a charge and everything is done on trust. If you meet someone there it's worth a wee chat just so's they know who's about. The loos at the harbour have a coin operated shower and good facitlities, again there's a wee honesty box for donations towards it's upkeep.
We had 2 weeks on the Uists and Lewis/Harris in 2010 , so have a few places in mind for overnighting ,(polochar and Holsta) on uist and (Husinis and tolsta head on Lewis) But at the time I didnt take any notice of Slipways as it was Pre-Rib days , We have used the facilities at berneray harbour previously.
the other places are all worth a look at.
As said I have a 2-3 week window ,hopefully the weather will play ball for some of it .

I must say the people of the Uists are the friendliest people I have ever met ,It took a while to realise everyone waves as you pass them.

Do you know the exact position the slipway near griminis ?

Thanks Again Alan.
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...Do you know the exact position the slipway near griminis ?
No I don't, I've only ever visited Griminish by car but I seem to remember a wee road down to the right. Griminish has a difficult entrance and I imagine it would be easy to get locked out if the the weather turned bad.
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I'm at Griminish now. There are two slips both are ok but one narrow. Got photos for you but will post them when I've got a broadband link.
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that's FANTASTIC jwalker , what can I say , I didnt expect that , Thankyou !

I can't wait to see them

May I assume you live on Uist then?


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We have been following "Goodheart" Good Luck !!

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Be good to see some Video if you make the Trip! Plan, Prepare, Pick the weather window, and I'm sure you'll have a great Cruise! One point...''Very friendly locals'' I'm sure...But the ''PUFF-INN''!?
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