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.
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Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Barra Island Lifeboat Station

7.24pm 27 March 2017
7.21pm 27 March 2017
1.26am 12 March 2017
12.38pm 21 December 2016
1.49pm 17 December 2016
9.47am 27 September 2016
10.06am 14 August 2016
9.13pm 23 July 2016
6.59pm 10 July 2016
4.28pm 18 June 2016

Today's weather

11°C Overcast
Min: 8°C
Max: 11°C
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Next tide

Fri 28 Apr
Low: 1:57am 0.4m
High: 7:55am 4.9m
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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

Bronze Medal presented to Islay coxswain for saving a sailor's life
RNLI chief executive Paul Boissier with Islay lifeboat crew and two crew from the Deep Energy pipelay vessel
Article RNLI People
Bronze Medal presented to Islay coxswain for saving a sailor's life
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Barra Lifeboat Station donation
Article Fundraising
Barra Lifeboat Station donation
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Courageous Islay lifeboat volunteers given RNLI awards after saving yachtsman
Article Heritage and history
Courageous Islay lifeboat volunteers given RNLI awards after saving yachtsman
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Bronze medal for Islay coxswain David MacLellan
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Video Heritage and history
Bronze medal for Islay coxswain David MacLellan
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