Be sure to check out Reeds and / or the appropriate pilots (Clyde Cruise Club sailing directions) for more detailed information and some alternates, this is just an overview of ones I have been to.
For anchorages in this area the Antares Charts covering almost 600 anchorages are invaluable and for some indispensable. At £15 they don't break the bank and as well as the chart you get a very good summary of each anchorage or passage, most if not all of the anchorages below are covered.
Sequenced approximately south to north. Links open in a new window and most point to the trip towards the anchorage, the following post may have more information.
To see my recent visits to each anchorage check out the "Labels" towards the bottom of the right hand panel or flow the individual links.
Updated Sept 23 to include Harbours and Marinas also some info on fuel & gas availability.
Sanna Bay, Ardnamuchan.
A very nice anchorage with good shelter except from the West to North, easy access if you have GPS, preferably with the Antares chart. Without, a bit more care is required to avoid the largely submerged reef, the exposed part is visible in the picture above. Visited in 2022.
|Looking north from Sanna Bay, The Isles of Muck, Eigg and|
Rum in the distance.
Loch Na Dal, Sound of Sleat.
|Looking out from the Loch Na Dal anchorage.|
A useful passage anchorage before or after going through Kyle Rhea especially in a NE wind when the nearby anchorage at Ornsay may not be tenable. Avoid the SW half which has extensive kelp. There are a couple of large mooring buoys for the local restaurant / hotel.
Canna, The Small Ilses.
|Looking towards Rum from the Canna anchorage / moorings.|
Excellent shelter and a great view (in good weather!) but extensive weed so it is probably best to pick up a mooring if serious winds are likely as was the case when I Visited in 2022 when I measured a force 7 and it was probably more at times. No Vodafone or O2 signal.
Loch Nacuillem Skye.
Regarded as having the most spectacular view of any anchorage in Scotland but apart from a small area is weed infested and I gave up after failing to get the anchor to hold, the prefered anchorage looking to be full. See The link for my trip to Rum, here or below.
Loch Screcourt, Rum.
Has a reputation for swell refracting right round the Island but I had a peaceful night, buoy's available (chargeable) but plenty of room to anchor. Vodafone and O2 signals OK.
|The ferry terminal and some of the visitors buoys.|
Broadford Bay, Skye
Good shelter from offshore winds and good holding, the guides say there are decent facilities ashore accessible by dinghy but nothing else to recommend it except that it is closer to Skye bridge than some alternates.
|Looking south from the Broadford Bay anchorage.|
|Sancerre anchored in 2021. I believe its normally much busier,|
lack of boats probably down to Covid.
|Sancerre on a mooring in the outer anchorage 2022, again very|
quiet, but it was early May and despite the picture VERY windy at times.
Churchton Bay, S Rassay.
|Position "A" clear of the ferry terminal.|
Braes Beach (Skye) / Rassay Narrows.
Across the narrows from Churchton Bay, S. Rassay (above) with good protection, at least from rough water, with winds from south and west. Vodafone and O2 signals OK.
Loch Shieldaig / Torridon,
|Sancerre in Loch Shieldaig anchorage taken from the slip way.|
Loch Ewe in in the section Loch Ewe to The Solent.