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The A865 road through Lochboisdale (geograph 4245080).jpg
The main road through Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale is located in Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NF790195
• Edinburgh 177 mi (285 km)
• London 485 mi (781 km)
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Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS8
Dialling code 01878
Police Northern
Fire Highlands and Islands
Ambulance Scottish
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57°09′14″N 7°18′32″W / 57.154°N 7.309°W / 57.154; -7.309

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.


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.


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 service

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
  {{{route1}}}   Oban
(winter only)
  {{{route2}}}   Mallaig


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.

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