Aug 2009 Mick Andrew

General Information

Address: Castlebay Hall, Castlebay, Isle of Barra HS9 5UJ

  • Venue is at top of Pier Rd up the hill from the shops and along road from Castlebay Hotel. Car parking on street.
  • Built 2004
  • Capacity approx 200 if stage used, up to 120 if performing on floor. Padded stacking chairs.
  • Mobile reception on one network only. Payphone opposite hall.
  • Castlebay has Bank & cashpoint, Hotels, café, Co-op, General Stores and petrol. Other services in Oban (via 5½ hour ferry).

Hall Details

  • Hall Dimensions: 21.03M (69’) long x 7.93M (26’) wide. Height at sides 3.1M (10’2”) with central area at 3.4M (11’2”) high.
  • Stage: 5.05M (16’7”) wide x 3.1M (10’2”) deep. Front edge of stage angled so depth is 2.14M (7’) at sides. Height above 2.64M (8’8”), height of stage 0.48M (1’ 7”). No crossover. Access treads at rear off USL.
  • Décor: floor light wood laminate, walls light cream, roof white.
  • Get-in: long – through main entrance, 2 sets double doors. Either up 9 steps or use disabled ramp (narrow with U turn & right-angled turn) – railings impede access for large items. Approx 30M from van loading area to stage. 1.6M (5’3”) wide x 2.06M (6’9”) high.
  • Acoustics reasonable.
  • Blackout partial, windows have light unlined curtains and no blackout in bar area at end of hall.
  • Heating by underfloor system.
  • No piano. 3 smoke detectors in hall.
  • No access equipment.


  • Power: 100amp 3-phase incomer located in locked cupboard in Ladies toilets.
  • No stage lighting – disco lighting only.
  • No sound equipment.
  • Houselights are switched downlighters & wall up-lighters. Switches in SL area near kitchen.


  • No dressing rooms – kitchen is only available room nearby.
  • Kitchen available.
  • No separate toilets.
  • Bar area available if arranged.