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Scottish anchorages


"We landed for a ramble on the hillsides, our custom always of the afternoon, and one to be commended to persons who cruise in small boats, where exercise of the lower limbs is impossible" John Inglis, 1879 in 'A Yachtsman's Holidays or Cruising the West Highlands'


There are so many lovely walks, from almost all the anchorages, that I don't know what to advise except to get off the boat and walk. Here are some of my favourites, in alphabetical order of anchorage:


Aros Bay, Sound of Mull: around Aros House as was, and also to Tobermory

Belnahua, Firth of Lorne: around the abandoned village and slate quarries

Carna West Kyle, Loch Sunart: to Loch Drumbuie and on to Drimnin

Carsaig Bay, South Mull: up the road and around from the pier

Cragaig Bay, Ulva, West Mull: along the coast to the west

Crinan, Firth of Lorne: through the woods

Croggan, East Mull: to Port nan Crullach beach

Cullipool, Isle of Luing, Firth of Lorne: village and abandoned slate quarries

Dunstaffnage, Lower Loch Linnhe: to Ganavan beach and Oban along the cliffs

Easdale, Firth of Lorne: around the abandoned slate quarries

Eigg, north of Ardnamurchan: up the Sgurr

Gometra Harbour to Acarsaid Mor, West Mull

Kentallen: to Cuil Bay, Lower Loch Linnhe

Little Horseshoe Bay, Firth of Lorne: to the Kerrera Tea garden and back, via Gylen Castle

Loch Aline, Sound of Mull: around the loch, and to Ardtornish Bay and castle, Sound of Mull

Loch a'Choire, Lower Loch Linnhe: head of the loch, and the other way down to Kingairloch

Loch na Cille, Kintyre: to the tip of Rubha na Cille

Loch Mingary, West Mull: to Glengorm Castle

Loch Scavaig, Skye, north of Ardnamurchan: up the Cuillins, or to Loch Coruisk if less adventurous

Loch Moidart, North of Ardnamurchan: shore path around Eilean Shona

Loch Spelve, East Mull: from the NW anchorage to the lochan

Lunga, West Mull: to Harp Rock via the puffins and beyond

Muck, north of Ardnamurchan: between the north and south anchorages

Oban, Firth of Lorne: to McCaig's Tower

Oitir Mòr: Firth of Lorne: to Hutcheson's monument

Poll nan Corran, Firth of Lorne: to the Grey Dogs

Port an Tiobairt: to the north end of Jura and the Corryvreckan

Port Appin to Airds Bay, Lower Loch Linnhe

Sanda Island, Kintyre: to the lighthouse

Scarba, Firth of Lorne: from Bagh Gleann a'Mhaoil to Kilmory Lodge

South Ballachulish, Loch Leven: the Ballachulish horseshoe, a serious expedition

Staffa, West Mull: to Fingal's cave and up to the top of the island

Tobermory, Sound of Mull: upper town, around the golf course, to the lighthouse and back by the shore path

Ulva Ferry, West Mull: round Ulva House and beyond


And take a look at the excellent walkhighlands website for other ideas

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Remember, in Scotland you have "freedom to roam" anywhere in the open countryside you want provided you act responsibly — do not invade someone's privacy (eg by tramping through their garden), do not  ignore the usual countryside rules (close gates, don't trample on crops or upset animals and so on), and do not damage the environment. Good advice can be found at

"Exercise when living on a yacht is not to be neglected. That is one of the charms of all these Highland waters, and the way to enjoy them most is to make short cruises with an early start, and bring up about five o'clock. After dinner is a grand time for a walk, it is never really dark in June and July". Isle, Ben and Loch, from the Clyde to Skye.

S Heckstall Smith

Tiree, typical landscape

Shuna Island