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, GaelForce Marine, 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 mooringThomas Telford Corpach Marina
Corpach Marina developers are planning to open a fully serviced yacht haven at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal in the Spring of 2021. A public slipway will provide access to Loch Linnhe for small vessels and canoes for a small charge including car parking. An Cala
is the marina's coffee shop which will be part of the new marina facilities building.Find out more about the proposed marina at Corpach.