A full four days of sea-going celebration is planned for the Isle of Harris from Wednesday (24th July) as the 2019 Feis na Mara gets under way.
The festival of the sea starts with the official openings of the Isle of Harris Marina, with events at both Tarbert and Scalpay pontoons at 11am and 12 noon on Wednesday. Traditional boats will gather in Tarbert and there’ll be market stalls on the quay, as well as an on-the-water day run by Lewis and Harris Youth Association.
In the evening sea-lovers are encouraged to spend some time with Shetland sailor, adventurer and boatbuilder Andrew Halcrow, who will be talking at Sir E Scott school from 7.30pm. Andrew has sailed over 100,000 miles, including two round-the-world sails – one single-handed, which nearly cost his life. He’ll be selling his book, Into the Southern Ocean at the event on Wednesday night.
The programme of events throughout the four days includes the Harris Championship sea angling competition in Tarbert on Thursday evening from 5pm, with weigh-in and prizes at 8pm. It’s open to all – use your own boats – with further details from Angus John Macleod at Hotel Hebrides.
Feis na Mara closes on Saturday after coastal rowing races from Scalpay, an endurance race from Scalpay to Tarbert and a sail in company to the Shiant islands.
Tarbert will be in full festival mode throughout the day on Saturday, with stalls, displays in the harbour, Leverburgh lifeboat visiting and a gathering of traditional boats. A park and ride scheme will help move visitors around between the fairground and the pontoons.
You can see the full Feis na Mara programme at https://www.feisnamara.co.uk or check individual events on the Isle of Harris Marina Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Isle-of-Harris-Marina-1562764167342120/.
Picture shows Tarbert pontoons full up for the summer (Isle of Harris Marina).