The marina facilities in Mallaig comprise a secure pontoon for 50 vessels with walk-on access to the shore, fresh water, electricity and Wi-Fi on site. The shore facilities, with toilets, showers and laundry facilities exclusively for Marina patrons are a short walk away, linked by a path from the pontoon. As Mallaig is a working port, there are also complete servicing facilities locally including a slipway, boat builders and marine engineers as well as an extensive ship chandlers.
Mallaig is in an ideal haven for sailors wanting to explore the stunning coastline of north west Scotland. The marina is an ideal base to explore the most beautiful and remote scenery in Scotland. To the west of Mallaig are the Small Isles – Eigg, Rum, Canna and Muck – all within easy sailing distance. Rum and Canna both have community moorings available for visitors. North of Mallaig, sailing through Loch Nevis, is the Knoydart Peninsula, often described as ‘Scotland’s last wilderness’. The area around Mallaig is a haven for wildlife with dolphins and porpoises a common sight. They often follow sailing vessels of all sizes. Minke whales and basking sharks are also regular visitors depending on the time of year. Closer to shore, sea and golden eagles can be spotted along with the occasional osprey. Of course, seals are in abundance and otters can often be seen foraging for food.
When entering Mallaig Harbour, vessels should pay attention to the traffic light system. If three red lights are illuminated then any ferry traffic has right of way.
Once moored, Mallaig is an ideal place to either stop for a night or two or to use as a sailing base. The village offers restaurants to suit all budgets, with locally caught seafood a specialty. There are two main hotels in Mallaig – the West Highland Hotel and the Marine Hotel, both offering accommodation and restaurants. There are several pubs in Mallaig and it’s not uncommon, especially during the summer months, to hear live traditional music. For those looking for something a little less energetic, there is the Mallaig Heritage Centre which details all of the area’s long and fascinating history, especially the port’s long association with the fishing industry and its connection with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprising. There is also a leisure centre with 20m swimming pool, fitness suite, spa, and sauna. More information on the area and what to see and do can be found on the Road to the Isles Marketing Group website – www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us with any enquiries for berthing. During the peak summer months we advise vessels to phone ahead and book a berth, but we can often accommodate vessels at short notice.