Barra Fishing Charters is run by Francis Gillies. Francis has been fishing since he left school and has good knowledge of the sea around Barra and the neighbouring islands. For the last 14 years he worked with Donald Macleod as crew aboard the BOY JAMES going on fishing trips, taking climbers and day trippers to Sandray, Pabbay, Mingulay and Barra Head. Francis is also a qualified diver. Francis has strong connections to Mingulay as his Grandfather came from Mingulay. The vessel used is a Lochin 33 Sports Fisherman named the BOY JAMES, built in 1986 and a length of 10.06m. The vessel is powered by 2 x 185 hp inboard Perkins 6.3544, which gives a cruising speed of 15kts. The Boy James is also fitted with up to date navigational equipment such as VHF’s, colour sounder, radar, autopilot, GPS, plotter, etc. The vessel also complies with MCA safety and licensing regulations, carrying all the necessary safety equipment required. This includes lifejackets, life vests, lifebuoys, fire extinguishers, etc.


A very large range of fishing equipment is provided free of charge including the rods and tackle which are of a high standard and specially designed for sea angling.

A Semi-rigid inflatable dinghy with a 40hp Yamaha outboard is used for ferrying passengers ashore at neighbouring islands. When on board the dinghy passengers will have to wear inflatable life-vests provided by us..

Refreshments are provided on board the vessel free of charge.