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Old 20 May 2019, 13:02   #1
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Lewis in August... small boat worth the ferry fare?

We are heading to Lewis in August and will be staying on the NW of the island. We’ll have an assortment of water related kit with us - but are trying to decide whether to book the boat (and trailer) on the Ferry.

We’ve taken her to Tiree in the past, and whilst we have had some good experiences it’s not cheap on the ferry and Tiree is so exposed that a small (3.9m boat with 20hp* and no room for an aux) doesn’t actually get that much use, so when you add the petrol for towing it there and back and the ferry fair adds a couple of hundred quid and might only get used once. Especially as facilities for keeping a boat afloat are rather scarce there so launch and recovery makes a 1/2 hr blast along the coast more hassle than it’s worth?

So any thoughts on: 1. Is it usually too wild to make a small boat pleasant? 2. Are any of those long narrow bays particularly small boat friendly - especially if they have slips etc? 3. If you were going to take the boat is there one part of the island in particular that is a must see (from a little boat).


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Old 20 May 2019, 13:15   #2
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Poly I always take my boat especially to areas like Lewis I fully expect to only get a day or two any more is a bonus the place is beautiful and you will regret it if you don't one good day with the family is well worth the dosh IMO I spoke to rolflat on here he lives in UIG sheltered waters there with slip and pontoon stick the boat on there job done. It's on my list to do too don't let it slip by mate is my opinion
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There’s loads of spots you can trailer a small boat to, and if you’re based in NW Lewis then even in a breeze you have loads of options down the East side. Might clock up a few road miles but you’ll always be able to launch somewhere (unless you totally luck out and hit a summer gale all week).
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Don't leave it too long to book the ferry....
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Yeah, ferries are crazy short of summer capacity. That’s probably best advice here! Book now...
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Valtos and around Great Bernera stick in the mind. Good chandlery in Stornoway - Fisherman's Co-op and a GaelForce Marine.
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If you take your boat, you'll have a week of it blowing a hooley and horizontal rain. If you don't, it will be a week of ideal boating weather.

North of Stornoway looks a bit bleak but to the south it looks pretty interesting on either the east or west coast.
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If you take your boat, you'll have a week of it blowing a hooley and horizontal rain. If you don't, it will be a week of ideal boating weather..
I know - that’s the dilemma! At least a glorious week there without the boat is still special! I’m inclined to take it. We will be booking ferry tomorrow hence the decision!
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South of Stornoway along the East Coast has some amazing little bays and inlets to pop into, sometimes you’ll be the only boat there and lots are very easy access from launch sites.
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Lewis is a boating paradise. Don't forget your rod if you plan to go fishing. I regularly catch codling, red gurnard, pollack, mackerel and the odd lobster if you can bait and return.

The north west of the island is beautiful. Miavaig, Uig, Valtos, Bernera, especially around Loch Roag. If there's a storm brewing, the Atlantic is unforgiving, but around the coast is fine. Take tools and usual assortment of spares. Fisherman's Coop is Stornoway is an Alladin's cave. Nice prices to match!

Cal Mac are a lot better than they used to be. Arrive in plenty time. Gone are the days when you could rock up with minutes to spare!
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