Outer Hebrides Skiff Trail and beyond

posted Jul 21, 2017, 6:32 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 6:41 PM ]
Martin and Deb have been skiffing in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.
Deb writes...

A few LBT members are in Scotland, home of the skiff, and have seen a few.  We were on the coast east of Edinburgh when we first started seeing skiffs.  There were two skiffs in Dunbar which were on display for the towns' Royal Life Boats' Day - a fun and fundraising day with huge numbers of people. 
Eyemouth had two skiffs in a shed right in the heart of the harbour which is the centre of the regions' fishing industry.  One was built by their high school.  The St. Abs skiff featured in the pictures and local stories at their museum.


Then we went to the north coast where we saw the Findochty skiff (pictured below) a stone throw from the local hotel.



A few miles away were the Port Soy skiffs and oars sitting ready beside a wee harbour. 

We saw the Ullapool skiffs before we boarded the ferry to Stornoway, and the start of spiffing fun on the Isle of Lewis.  
We did spot this skiffy teatowel now available in Ullapool!



Then with the Grimsay Boat Project - a 'new' boat shed where wooden boats of all types are being worked on, the 'old' shed where the Stewert family built boats for decades, the community centre which is having an extension put on to include a 'Boat Haven' which is a display area for some key boats built locally and restored by the new shed, and finally, the shed where a 5 year build of a skiff is near completion by Robert.
Now we are on Barra Island where there are two skiffs, kept in two sites about 6kms apart. They both went out last night - both at 7pm, then the Bevaq one again at 8pm (it's light till around 10pm).  We missed both going out as we ended up on the other side of the island to put up our tent.
Next stop is Edinburgh where we hope to catch up with Ali Grant and the Rowporty folk in Portobello.
Cheers Martin & Deb