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Uig - Harris Ferry

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Uig - Harris Ferry
Aiseag Uige - Na Hearadh
Location Map ( geo)
The MV Hebrides at Uig pier
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From:  Uig (Skye)
To:  Tarbert (Harris)
Distance:  44.8 km (27.8 miles)
Current Operator
Caledonian MacBrayne
£34.40 (Car+driver, 2013)
On road(s)
 • A87 • A859 • A868


Uig has only really developed as a ferry port since the advent of roll on - roll off ferries. Before that, steamers sailed from Oban, Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalsh, calling at Portree and Stornoway as well as the smaller ports such as Tarbert and Lochmaddy. Today, however, the easiest and shortest crossing to the Uists is probably Uig to Lochmaddy.


The ferry that serves Tarbert is the same one which runs the Uig - North Uist Ferry service, and in the winter there is occasionally a triangular journey. However, for the most part there are 3 crossing a day (2 out and one back, or vice-versa), except on Sundays. Due to the religious nature of Lewis and Harris, Sunday sailings are not wanted, although Calmac are currently proposing a Sunday service on the Ullapool-Stornoway service.

The ferry used on the service is the MV Hebrides, which can carry nearly 100 cars. The crossing takes about an hour and 45 minutes, and as you enter East Loch Tarbert you get a real feeling of being somewhere different, somewhere foreign! You pass through low lying islands and headlands before the hills and mountains close in. They slope right down to the water as you finally approach the pier, and it is almost claustrophobic on an evening arrival with dusk starting to cloak the island in darkness.


Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Hebrides 9211975 Calmac 2001-present 98 cars
Hebridean Isles 8404812 Calmac 1985-2001 62 cars
Hebrides 6401165 Calmac 1964-1985 Car Hoist


Uig - Harris Ferry
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Other nearby roads
Lewis and Harris
Crossings to and within the Western Isles
To the IslesBarra Ferry • Lochboisdale Ferry • Uig - North Uist Ferry • Uig-Harris Ferry • Lewis Ferry
Within the IslesVatersay Causeway • Sound of Barra Ferry • Daliburgh Causeway • Druidibeag Causeway • Eriskay Causeway • Loch Bee Causeway • South Ford Causeway • North Ford Causeway • Baleshare Causeway • Berneray Causeway • Sound of Harris Ferry • Seilebost Causeway • Scalpay Bridge • Great Bernera Bridge
Other AreasIrish Sea • Inner Hebrides • Western Isles • Shetland • Orkney • North Sea • English Channel • Solent • Inland Crossings • Other Island Crossings

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