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Lochboisdale (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Baghasdail) is the main village and port on the island of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Lochboisdale is within the parish of South Uist, and is situated on the shore of Loch Baghasdail at the southern end of the A865.[1]

Lochboisdale
The A865 road through Lochboisdale (geograph 4245080).jpg
The main road through Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale is located in Outer Hebrides
Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale
Location within the Outer Hebrides
LanguageScottish Gaelic
English
OS grid referenceNF790195
• Edinburgh177 mi (285 km)
• London485 mi (781 km)
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townISLE OF SOUTH UIST
Postcode districtHS8
Dialling code01878
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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57°09′14″N 7°18′32″W / 57.154°N 7.309°W / 57.154; -7.309Coordinates: 57°09′14″N 7°18′32″W / 57.154°N 7.309°W / 57.154; -7.309

HistoryEdit

The town profited from the herring boom in the 19th century, and a steamer pier was built in 1880. In 1905, a mission church was built, and by 1953, steamers were connecting Lochboisdale with Oban, Castlebay, Mallaig and Lochmaddy.

EconomyEdit

Lochboisdale is the ferry terminal for the island of South Uist, with regular vehicle ferry services to Mallaig and, in the winter, Oban. The pier area has undergone a transformation; the old shop and surrounding buildings were either renovated or removed to provide new housing and commercial units for rent.

Lochboisdale Hotel, built in the late 19th century as a fishing hotel, is adjacent to the ferry terminal.

The whole village is within walking distance of the pier, and has a post office with a coffee shop and internet café. A bank (RBS) branch is also present in the village and has a 24h ATM, although the branch itself is only open once a week. By the pier is an all-purpose store called Fàilte (meaning welcome in the local Gaelic language).

Lochboisdale Development Limited have recently opened a new harbour on the small island of Gasaigh. This is about 1 km (1,100 yd) from the village, and is reached by two causeways. The harbour provides many facilities. Mooring licences are available for day visiting, monthly and seasonal berths, with inclusive use of the quayside facilities, WiFi, showers and laundry.

Ferry serviceEdit

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Terminus   Caledonian MacBrayne
South Uist Ferry
  Oban
(winter only)
    Mallaig

TriviaEdit

London-based restaurant chain Boisdale is named after Lochboisdale, having been founded in 1987 by Ranald Macdonald, the eldest son of the 24th Chief of Clanranald.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A865". Sabre. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Boisdale of Belgravia - Venue". Thehandbook.com. Retrieved 27 March 2018.

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