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Fort William lies at the southern end of the Caledonian where it joins Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean. We have a good base of marine services

Fort William is the location of the southern end of the Caledonian Canal allowing visiting yachts from all over the Baltic and northern Europe to access the Atlantic from the North Sea. Visiting yachts to Fort William mostly tie up in the Caledonian Canal basin at Corpach, there are also secure visitor moorings on the water front at Fort William by Lochaber Yacht Club.  The Caledonian Canal is operated by Scottish Canals.

Lochaber Yacht Club is based in Fort William and is the most active sailing club in the area. Others include Glencoe Boat Club and Ardnamurchan Sailing Association

Services for visiting yachts are good with visitor moorings at Fort William by the local sailing club. There are a number of yacht and boat charter businesses in Lochaber.

Other local marine services include, Corpach Boat Building Company, a Fort William marine engineering business involved in the building, repair, servicing and laying-up of all kinds of vessels. Arisaig Marine have moorings and a pontoon with other marine services for yachts. At Mallaig, there is a fabulous marina and services for yachts and motor sailers which is great for cruising around the Sound of Sleat or navigating north or south to other destinations.

The Underwater Centre on Fort William Pier has craning facilities by arrangement, and there are a couple of crane hire guys who can lift a small vessel in or out of the loch from the West End car park. Fort William also has a couple of engineering shops able to fabricate in aluminium and stainless steels.

Admiralty Charts: 2380 plus Chart 2379 and 2389 for navigating from Oban

Fort William Pontoons
There is a short-stay pontoon located at the West End car park south of Fort William Town Pier where vessels with a draught of less than 3 metres can come alongside and access Fort William High Street. This pontoon facility has been provided specifically for visiting cruise liners to bring their passengers ashore in tenders, but is equally suitable for any vessel with a shallow draught. This facility is not suitable for overnight berthing.

Visitors mooring on Loch Linnnhe:
is No. 11 at the SW end of the outer trot, nearest to the yacht club. Call Richard Rumney 0779 2222691 or Hamish Loudon 0787 9651851 to arrange long stay mooring

Thomas Telford Corpach Marina
There are current plans for the creation of a fully serviced yacht haven at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal together with a public slipway to provide access to Loch Linnhe for small vessels and canoes etc. The project is at Planning stage with The Highland Council and you can find out more about this exciting Marine tourism development initiative but click the link below:
Find out more about the proposed marina at Corpach.


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  • The Underwater Centre Fort William
    An Aird, Fort William, PH33 6AN
    Box 100 3864

    Diving Centre and Diving courses The Underwater Centre in Fort William, operating since 1972, is the world's leading commercial diver and ROV training centre. We are the only school in the UK to offer all Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approved qualifications in Air and Mixed Gas diver...

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    Mallaig Harbour, Mallaig, PH41 4QB
    Box  mg 9627

    Mallaig yacht marina is a recently established marina facility for sailing yachts and motor cruisers visting the Sound of Sleat and Scotland's fabulous west coast cruising area. Pontoon berths with fresh water and electricity hook-ups are available from the marina manager on request. There are...

  • Corpach Boat Building Company
    Annat Slip, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7NB
    Box 100 0005 crw

    Corpach Boat Building Company was established in 1992. We are a small dedicated team of skilled craftsmen based in Fort William and serving the commercial and pleasure boat user alike - specialising in the construction, repair and modification of workboats. We undertake general engineering and...

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    The Harbour, Arisaig, PH39 4NH
    Box da5w2996

    Known as “The Gateway to the Small Isles”, Arisaig Marine provides the perfect sheltered base from which to explore the West Coast of Scotland. We have 60 professionally checked swinging moorings available to rent on anything from a nightly to a seasonal basis.We also offer: Summer Moorings...

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