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Scottish anchorages

Arisaig

It is a long way in to Arisaig, maybe an hour or so, and it is definitely not a good spot to get stuck with a strong westerly wind. But it is a reasonable place to change crew at the loading pontoon - there is a railway station to get to Fort William. Otherwise I don't see a lot of point in coming here, while others take a very opposite view. There are nice sunsets over Rum, a shop, I am told a good boatyard - Arisaig Marine, a family-run friendly business, with a small café and gift shop (ph 01687 450 224), a restaurant in the Arisaig Hotel (ph 01687 450 795) and a few cafés. I have had very good reports of the Old Library Restaurant which sounds to be the place for a meal ashore (ph 01687 450 651). If you fancy a walk then head south for half a mile along the main road to Larachmore Gardens, unkempt but lovely, free, and - surprisingly - looked after by the Botanic Gardens staff in Edinburgh. The gardens were planted in the 1920s by John Holmes, a Glaswegian millionaire stockbroker, and well known eccentric.

 

In my view Armadale used to be a better place around here for changing crew who could come by train to Mallaig and then jump on the ferry, but I am biased because I used to charter from there for years, in the days of Charlie Barrington and the Rival 34s, now the very well thought of Isle of Skye Yachts. However, with pontoons at Mallaig right by the railway station changing crew should be easier there, and certainly there are good shops for provisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arisaig

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Rum from Arisaig

"If the sea rover wishes to enter Arisaig harbour he had better obtain local help. It is an abominable place for a stranger".  But perhaps short of cash Frank Copwer goes on to write "With such help as the Admiralty Plan, No 2817, gives, however, it is quite possible to enter, and the chart is a good deal cheaper than a pilot".