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Scottish anchorages

Useful websites

I have put in relevant links on many of the pages, but here are some generic websites of interest:


West Coast of Scotland Anchorages has some quite informative Google Earth pictures, and photos.


The Sail Scotland website is excellent — lots of really useful information. But a bit commercial with I suspect at least some text written by people wanting to promote their establishments.


Visit Scotland now has a modestly useful website called Malin Waters, but maybe with not much more information than Sail Scotland except it does cover the north of Ireland.


The Association of Scottish Yacht Charterers does what it says on the tin.


The West Highland Anchorages and Moorings Association (WHAM) represents the interests of west coast boaties on matters affecting anchorages, moorings and other maritime issues. Useful general background information and news.


The National Trust for Scotland  and Historic Environment Scotland properties near the anchorages are all described on our appropriate pages, but their websites have more information.


Undiscovered Scotland is a pretty good general site for almost everything of interest, there are many links to it on our anchorage pages.


For Argyll and around news and gossip, as well as the Oban Times try West Word but the latter seems a bit out of date to me.


Walk Highlands is a brilliant website for walks. Mind you, this is more for walkers than boaties but there are plenty of ideas there for a day ashore.


Welcome Anchorages is a useful free publication about marinas, pontoons and visitor moorings all round the Scottish and Northern Irish coasts. You can pick it up free at many chandleries, or download it. Notwithstanding the title, there is precious little about proper anchorages, and I imagine the entries are not written by independent authors!


Argyll and the Isles is a very informative and attractive website, has bags of information and links to lots of things to see and do, news, comments and so on.



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If you want to know if any of the anchorages have featured in a movie then go to Scotland the Movie Location Guide. Possibly not being kept up to date,


The Heritage Paths website has some interesting walks which are close enough to an anchorage to be doable.


On many pages I have linked to the Canmore database which has images and information for more than 300,000 historic sites in Scotland through their online catalogue of archaeology, buildings and other heritage sites. It is part of Historic Environment Scotland. has a wealth of information, not just about this area but all round the UK — tides, harbours, navigation etc etc.


If you want to know what this part of Scotland looked like in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century there is a marvellous collection of photographs in the Aberdeen University Library — you need to search about for 'Mull', 'Oban', Skye, Staffa etc. in the George Washington Wilson and Co. archive.