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Scottish Gaelic: Loch Baghasdail
The A865 road through Lochboisdale (geograph 4245080).jpg
The main road through Lochboisdale
Lochboisdale is located in Outer Hebrides
 Lochboisdale shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NF790195
Civil parish South Uist
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Lieutenancy area Western Isles
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS8
Dialling code 01878
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Scottish Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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Coordinates: 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 town and port on the island of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Lochboisdale is within the parish of South Uist. Lochboisdale is situated at the southern end of the A865.[1]


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. The pier area has undergone a transformation as 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.

Lochboisdale has a Post Office and Police Station within walking distance of the pier. There is a Free Church of Scotland in the village although most of the inhabitants are Catholic. A Coffee Shop/Internet Cafe is situated in the Post Office in Kenneth Drive at the entrance to the village of Lochboisdale. A tourist information centre and a bank are located opposite the ferry queue. By the pier is an all purpose store called Failte (meaning welcome in the local Gaelic language).

Lochboisdale Development Limited have recently opened a new harbour on Gaasay providing many facilities. Mooring licences are available for day visiting, monthly and seasonal berths, with inclusive use of the quayside facilities.


  1. ^ "A865". Sabre. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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