FACILITIES

 

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.

OVERVIEW

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.

Both facilities offer Free electricity, water, Wi-fi, toilets, showers (contribution in Scalpay) with pay as you go laundry available in Tarbert.

TARBERT

PONTOON BERTHS:​

 

Tarbert facilities comprise a 24m access bridge to 100m of pontoon with 2 no. 20m by 4m concrete wave attenuators linked by access bridges at the head of the pontoon length.

 

​The pontoon sections are 10m each and numbered. The visitor berthing area is marked ‘visitor’ and are numbered 8 and 9 (south) and 11-14 (north). These are suitable for vessels with a draft up to 2m at the lowest Spring low water.

 

The concrete attenuators have two finger piers with 4 more visitor berths marked 21-24. These are suitable for deep draft vessels at all states of tide. Berthing on the two attenuators outer edges is suitable for deep draft visitor vessels at all states of tide and berths are numbered 25 and 26. Each attenuator is 20m length. 

 

NOTE: The outer edge of the attenuator berths are not suitable for any vessel in strong south, south easterly or easterly winds. The attenuators are also adjacent to the ferry link span and some backwash from the ferry bow thruster can be experienced when berthed here.

Pontoon sections numbered 1-7 and 10 (south) and 16-20 (north)  are used by local boat users.

Additional visitor berths come available subject to local boat use and during neap tides. Please contact us.

Vessels can raft up on the pontoons during busy periods over the season but should follow these simple rules:

  • Be polite with your neighbour, ‘Mind if we come alongside?’

  • If you’re leaving early offer to go on the outside of the raft

  • Cross your neighbours vessel using the foredeck

  • Set up your lines and fenders well. Shore lines fore and aft and springs to your neighbour

  • Avoid your rigs clashing. Move fore or aft if the masts are in line

 

There is a slipway at the head of the bay adjacent to the quay. This area, including the area around the quay and inside of the pontoon access walkway, dries out at low water. Contact the marina manager for slipway use or using the quay to berth a vessel.

 

There is a harbour office with 3 shower, toilet, wash rooms (one accessible) on the quay together with laundry area with a washing machine and dryer. The Showers are currently free. The laundry machines are coin operated. There is local and mariners information available here too. If the cabin is unattended you will need the code for the keypad lock. Call us on 01859 50 2216

FORE & AFT MOORINGS TARBERT

There are 3 fore and aft moorings or ‘trot’ moorings parallel to the Calmac ferry pier at the outer limit of the harbour area. Each mooring has two red pick-up buoys with a yellow clamp clip in between. Unclip the clamp and tie up fore and aft to the main red buoys. Please note that these are not 'swinging moorings'.

These moorings are allocated on a first come first served basis. Fees apply and these can be paid directly to the manager or online by logging on to our website. Please use your yacht or vessel name as a reference.

When coming ashore please do so at the pontoon and not at the Calmac pier platform steps.

ANCHORAGES​

There is no anchoring permitted in the Tarbert harbour area.

The admiralty chart 2905 for East Loch Tarbert denotes anchorage ‘anchor’ symbols just outside the inner harbour area of Tarbert. This anchorage is directly in the path of the arriving and departing ferry so common sense is asked of Skippers intending to take the chart symbol literally. If you do anchor here at the north and south of these symbols please keep a good watch and listen out channel 16 if the ferry is due.

Good anchorage with protection from wind is to be had at Loch Ceann Dibig to the west of Scotasay. See admiralty chart 2905 with anchor symbols.  This is an ‘away from it all’ option but has been popular over the years with some yachts and small commercial cruise operators.

DOCKING AT THE CALMAC PIER, TARBERT:

Docking at the Calmac pier is not permitted without prior consent from the Calmac office Tarbert. 

See 'downloads' for Tarbert pontoon plans

TARBERT - PRICES 2019

 

Prices for the 2019 season for visiting yachts and leisure craft are:

Visitor fore and aft moorings

Visitor yachts and leisure vessels pontoon berth

£8 per day or overnight

Up to 11m LOA     £20 per day or night

11 - 13 m                  £25

13 - 15 m                  £30

15 - 20 m                  £35

To continue to celebrate our new(ish) facility the third night is FREE at Tarbert or Scalpay! so stay a while!

There are multiple ways to pay: here online by clicking the 'pay now' button on the home page and using paypal of credit and debit cards, through online banking to 80-09-83 account number 10038966 or by posting cash in the postbox by the door (note your vessel name)

  • All the berthing areas are provided with Free electricity and water for your use during your stay

  • Free Wi-Fi is available across the area of the pontoon facility. Just look for 'tarbert marina wi-fi' and click, there is no password.

  • There is also CCTV coverage for vessel and crew safety.

  • Toilets and showers are currently Free in Tarbert

  • Big commercial Laundry machines are coin operated £3 for a wash and £1 for 10 min. drying

  • Competitive weekly and monthly rates available, leave your vessel with us and explore

At busy periods some rafting up on the pontoons will be required. Weekly, monthly composite rates available please contact us

BOOKINGS

Bookings can be made by calling 01859 50 2216 or returning a booking request form to info@isleofharrismarina.co.uk

 

SCALPAY

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 (0.5m or under)

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 but there is a service wash please call Harris Cleaning services on 07483 161 159. You can of course use the machines at the Tarbert cabin.

Vessels can raft up on the pontoons during busy periods over the season but should follow these simple rules:

  • Be polite with your neighbour, ‘Mind if we come alongside?’

  • If you’re leaving early offer to go on the outside of the raft

  • Cross your neighbours vessel using the foredeck

  • Set up your lines and fenders well. Shore lines fore and aft and springs to your neighbour

  • Avoid your rigs clashing. Move fore or aft if the masts are in line

ANCHORAGES

The South Harbour of Scalpay has good anchorages

THE FISHERIES PIER AT SCALPAY NORTH HARBOUR

This is a commercial fisheries pier and as such is reserved for fishing vessels. Scalpay North harbour is a working harbour so visiting yachts must be aware that there are vessel movements to and from the harbour at all times.

See 'downloads' for Scalpay pontoon plans.

SCALPAY PRICES - 2019

Prices for the 2019 season for visiting yachts and leisure craft are:

Visitor yachts and leisure vessels pontoon berth

up to 11m LOA         £20 per day or night

11 - 13 m                     £25

13 - 15 m                     £30

15-  20 m                     £35

To continue to celebrate our new(ish) facility the third night is FREE at Tarbert or Scalpay! so stay a while! 

There are multiple ways to pay: here online (pay now button on home page for paypal and cards or online banking to 80-09-83 account number 10038966 or by leaving cash in the postbox by the outside notice board

  • All the berthing areas are provided with Free electricity and water for your use during your stay

  • Free Wi-Fi is available across the area of the pontoon facility, look for 'scalpay marina wi-fi and input the password that you have been given by the manager

  • There is also CCTV coverage for vessel and crew safety.

  • Toilets and showers are available courtesy of the Scalpay Community Association and a suggested donation of £1  can be put in the key box on the wall.

BOOKINGS

Bookings can be made by calling us on 01859 50 2216 or returning a booking request form to info@isleofharrismarina.co.uk 

LIMITATIONS TO USE

The Tidal limitations at each site are described above. The extremes apply at the lowest Spring tides. Please see the tidal information for the year in ‘Downloads’ or refer to detailed tidal information on a variety of formats.  If you use UKHO Admiralty ‘Easy tide’ then please note that the tidal information required is for E. Loch Tarbert and not East Loch Tarbert.  

If you need advice on the draft of your vessel and where to berth then please contact us.

The two facilities at Tarbert and Scalpay offer shelter and berthing in East Loch Tarbert in differing wind conditions.

Tarbert is exposed in strong East, South East and Southerly winds. Berthing North and south of the Pontoon behind the attenuator offers some protection.

Scalpay is exposed to strong West and North West winds although the configuration of the pontoon allows for this.