The St Ayles skiff is at the centre of coastal rowing events. The Scottish Coastal rowing association administers and oversees boat building specifications, race rules and official events. The races at the Feis na mara have been organised by Anna Mackenzie and they bring together boats and crews from across the islands as well as the mainland. It is hoped that the coastal rowing races at the Feis will encourage more participation in the sport of skiff rowing and promote interest in Harris’ own skiff ‘The Hearach’ which will soon be in build.​

Skiff Races will take place on the Saturday 27th July 2019.  St Ayles Skiffs will be based on the Scalpay and Tarbert pontoons from the Friday night until Saturday evening.


An Eathar Coastal Rowing Club will run beginner sessions on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th to help promote interest in Harris’ skiff.

There will be 7 races taking place between 1000 and 1400 on the Saturday:

Main race will be Scalpay – Tarbert which is approximately 3.4nm

Shorter 1nm races will be run on a triangular course at the mouth of the North Harbour, Scalpay

Details of the races and the best place to see them will be published soon.

Prizes will be awarded at the prize giving at the Isle of Harris Distillery at 1700 followed by a buffet at the Tarbert Community centre with a ceilidh dance to follow

For more information contact Anna Mackenzie on 07909817753 or or using the contact form below.

If you are up to get involved in Harris’ own skiff project ‘The Hearach’ either by helping with the build of the skiff or the rowing and racing then please get in touch with Fred Taylor using the contact form below.