Barra island lifeboat station

Barra Island Lifeboat Station

For nearly 75 years, an all-weather lifeboat has launched from Castlebay on the Outer Hebrides island, often into ‘diabolical’ seas (see 1979). Today the station operates the largest class of lifeboat, a Severn class.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Barra Island Lifeboat Station

5.51am 9 June 2021
5.55pm 12 May 2021
9.03pm 14 April 2021
6.46am 13 March 2021
7.21pm 5 March 2021
6.15pm 4 November 2020
10.49am 27 October 2020
2.23pm 14 October 2020
3.37pm 18 September 2020
5.25am 7 September 2020
3.27pm 1 September 2020
2.15pm 24 August 2020
5.41pm 15 August 2020
4.12pm 24 July 2020
4.56am 21 June 2020
5.50pm 23 April 2020
4.31pm 17 December 2019
4.27pm 17 December 2019
5.13pm 3 December 2019
7.18pm 7 November 2019

Today's weather

9°C Rain
Min: 2°C Max: 9°C
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While our lifeboat stations remain operational and are continuing to launch to those at peril at sea, they are not currently open to visitors. 

Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Barra Island Lifeboat Station
Main Street
Castlebay
Isle of Barra
Outer Hebrides
HS9 5XD

Station phone number

01871 810307

Visiting times

11am–4pm Monday - Thursday

Visitor contact

Roderick MacLean

Visitor contact phone number

01871 810307

News and media from Barra Island Lifeboat Station

Tobermory RNLI Second Mechanic Creon Carmichael with 30 year long service medal
Article People
Tobermory RNLI second mechanic receives 30 year long service medal
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Two lifeboat crew members being hit by waves during a call out into Storm Ciara
Article Rescue
Oban Lifeboat Launches into Storm Ciara
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Coxwain/Mechanic Callum Govus christens new lifeboat as Alan Reid names her from podium with the now traditional Quaic of Whisky
Article Events
SUN SHINES ON GIRVAN LIFEBOAT’S NAMING AND DEDICATION CEREMONY
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RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier with Islay lifeboat crew and two crew from the Deep Energy pipelay vessel
Article People
Bronze Medal presented to Islay coxswain for saving a sailor's life
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Will you answer our Mayday call?

RNLI lifesavers are used to answering emergency calls, but today they’re putting out a call of their own. Your kind donation could help them carry on saving lives during their busiest time. Will you answer that call?