To see my recent visits to each anchorage check out the "Labels" towards the bottom of the right hand panel or follow the individual links.
Updated Jan 23 to include Harbours and Marinas also info on fuel & gas availability.Further updated during a boring winter 2023/4 to include some information on access to and from marinas. See my page Marina notes (opens in a new window) for some general tips and the context (handling of my boat) in which I comment.
|Anchorages = red, Marinas = Blue
A large loch with anchorages to suite all tastes. My favourite is Aultbea,
|Position "A" in the anchorage, watch out for a couple of old pick up
buoys and it is quite shoal so don't go too far without checking the depth
all round and the tide tables.
|Looking south, the NATO refuelling point on the left.
Excellent shelter and can be entered in almost any conditions but its hard to spot the entrance from a distance but obviously not a problem with GPS (assuming it is not being interfered with by the Navy) there are a series of pictures here. Its a fairly long leg to or from Loch Erribol but in favourable winds I have done it in ten and a quarter hours North bound going quite close in to Cape Wrath and eleven and a half hours south bound standing off further (link above). O2 voice service but only legacy GPRS data which has limited utility these days.
A large loch with good shelter but some of the anchorages, including the most convenient, shown in the pilot were a waste of time when I visited in 2020 (see link re Loch Nedd North bound going quite close in to Cape Wrath ), but there are good anchorages on both sides of Ard Neachie 5 miles up the loch on the east side and there are other likely spots in calm conditions,
|Ard Neachie south side
|The down side is a long motor to and from the open sea
Visited 2020 and 2021.
|Stromness marina. A good Co-Op on the right of the photo, a
garage with fuel and Gas just behind it. The rest of the shops
etc. are in the opposite direction.
Hunda Sound (Scarpa Flow)
An excellent anchorage and a very convenient start point when heading south or when arriving from the west or south late at night, see "Navigating the Pentland Firth".
|On arrival at 04:00 on a May morning.
Anchorages, marinas and harbours:
- The Solent.
- The Needles to Plymouth.
- Fowey to Lands End.
- Lands End north to Anglesey
- The Isles of Scilly and SE Ireland from Baltimore to Carnsore Point
- The East Coast of Ireland from Carnsore Pt to Red Bay.
- Mull of Galloway to Ardnamurchan Point.
- Ardnamurchan Point to Loch Ewe.
- The Western Isles.
- Loch Ewe to Orkney.
- Duncansby Head to The Solent.