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Welcome to the Mallaig Harbour Authority

Mallaig Harbour Authority was formed via The Mallaig Harbour Revision Order 1968.  Prior to that time the piers and environs were owned and operated by British Railways.

The Mallaig Harbour Revision Order 2012 (established on 1st April 2012) enables the Authority to operate under the Modernisation of Trust Ports Legislation, changes the way that non-executive Board Members are appointed and dictates the duration of that appointment.

The Authority is responsible for the harbour and its development. In addition to providing information about Mallaig and the local area, this website will also offer visitors the chance to read about harbour services and our annual reports.

We are also responsible for the management of the Mallaig Yachting Marina. Boats looking for a berth on the West Coast of Scotland can take advantage of Mallaig’s fabulous setting and facilities.


Non-Executive Directors

Charles King (Chairman)

Anthony Kenning (Vice Chairman)

Michael Foxley

Allan Henderson

John MacMillan

Andrew Race

Jacqueline Wright

Gavin Davis (April 2016)

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Robert MacMillan

Harbour Master

James McLean

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Mallaig Marina

July 24, 2014

“Western Isles” Ferry

July 24, 2014

Mallaig Marina

July 24, 2014

Mallaig Harbour

July 24, 2014

Mallaig Harbour

July 24, 2014

Mallaig Harbour

July 24, 2014

Mallaig Lifeboat

June 23, 2014

Fish Farm Boat

June 23, 2014

Mallaig Yachting Marina

Mallaig is one of the most picturesque villages on the rugged North West coastline of Scotland. The area is a haven for sailors of all types and Mallaig Yachting Marina provides the ideal location for experiencing and exploring the magnificent sailing opportunities available on the West Coast of Scotland.

The brand new marina facilities in Mallaig comprise a secure pontoon fit for 50 vessels with walk-on access to the shore. The marina provides fresh water and electricity on site. As Mallaig is a working port, there is also a complete range of servicing facilities including a slipway, boat builders and marine engineers as well as an extensive ship chandler.

A forthcoming toilet/shower/laundry complex, linked by a new shoreside promenade from the pontoon shore base is currently under construction and will be completed and operational from May 2015.

Mallaig is the ideal base from which to explore Scotland’s stunning isles. Nearby are the sailing destinations of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Knoydart and Canna. Visitors to our marina also follow the well established Whisky Trail and use the marina as a base from which to discover the village of Mallaig and the local tourist attractions.


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Harbour News – June 2018

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Cruise Ships

There were three cruise ship visitations by the French owned “Le Boreal” last month, Saturday 12th May; Thursday 24th May, and Saturday 26th May.

This is the third successive year that “Le Boreal” has called at the Port of Mallaig with the holidaymakers on board either being picked up or dropped off so that they can enjoy the delights of the steam train journey on the West Highland Line.

There was one further visit by a cruise ship, the 156 metre “MV Silver Cloud” operated by Silver Sea Cruises, Fort Lauderdale, anchored off the port on Friday 25th May awaiting the embarkation of its 300 plus passengers who had enjoyed a trip on the steam train.

No other cruise ship visitations are planned for 2018.

New Vessel

Congratulations to Joe Blower and the Western Isles team on the arrival of their new passenger ferry, the 14m long “Larven”.  The “Larven” built by Powerglide in Wadebridge, Cornwall is licensed to carry 42 passengers plus 3 of a crew and it’s expected to take up service at the start of the month.


Local fish merchant Mr Andy Race stepped down from the Authority in April of this year having served a period of twenty eight years as a Board Member of the Mallaig Harbour Authority.

Andy was duly elected onto the Board of the Authority in 1990 to represent “other harbour users” and on the 1st June 1990 attended his first meeting!  Sitting around the table with him on that day were Michael Currie, Peter Downie, Willie Jack (all Mallaig & North West Fishermen’s Association): Charlie King and Michael Foxley (Highland Regional Council); Charlie MacGillivray and Cpt RCS Campbell (Caledonian MacBrayne); Charlie Sinclair (British Rail); and Willie Sutherland (Scottish White Fish Producers).

A presentation in honour of his 28 years with the Authority will be made to Mr Andy Race later this year!

Taking over from Andy will be Mr Jim Wilson, an ex Morar resident who now lives in Pitlochry.


Robert MacMillan


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Water Supply disruption Monday 21st/Tuesday 22nd May

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To All Harbour Users

Water Supply disruption Monday 21st/Tuesday 22nd May

Due to the Authority having to comply with Scottish Water Bye-laws, a new non return water valve needs to be fitted to the Harbour water supply system.

Work to install this valve will be carried out later this month and will necessitate an overnight break in the water supply throughout the harbour area, Monday evening 21st May to early morning Tuesday 22nd May.

Robert MacMillan


Harbour News May 2018

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Mallaig Harbour News: May 2018

Passenger Ferry Pontoon

Plans are well in hand for the construction of a passenger ferry pontoon/walkway in the Inner Harbour.  This will replace the existing wooden steps and make future access to the small passenger ferries much safer and much more user friendly particularly for the elderly and infirm.

With no objections raised following the advert placed in The Oban Times on Thursday 1st March 2018, Marine Scotland has subsequently granted the Authority a licence to carry out the necessary works.

Construction is expected to commence October/November 2018.

Marina Day

In 2015 Marina Sant Carles, Spain, introduced an annual open day to attract the public, create a customer event and seek better integration with the local town and its businesses.  The event was a huge success for all concerned and was quickly adopted by the rest of the marinas in Catalonia.  In 2017 the event was adopted by the whole of Spain and is now firmly established in the annual calendar.

So why shouldn’t Mallaig Marina host its own Marina Day?  That’s exactly what we are going to do and it’s on Saturday 9th June 2018.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and, helped by local marina users, local lifesavers and other local groups, a fun day of “street fair” type attractions with music, BBQ, boat trips etc will hopefully ensue!

Put it in your diary 11am to 4pm on Saturday 9th June 2018!


As stated in previous West Words, the Mallaig Harbour Authority is 50 years old this year, and we are planning some celebratory event possibly in the Mallaig & Morar Community Centre in September for harbour stakeholders.  Once our plans are finalised they will be published in West Word and on our web-site.

My quest for photographs of the harbour and harbour related events goes on so if you do have any photographs of Mallaig Harbour covering the period 1968 to present I would be obliged if you could send them to me. (They will be returned).

Here is one taken on the 30th May 1986 on the occasion of the opening of the Breakwater Extension to the Steamer Pier by Lord Gray of Contin, Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries at the Scottish Office.

Left to right:  Michael Currie, Harbour Chairman; Mgr MacInnes; G. Gordon Jackson, Former Harbour Secretary; Sir Russell Johnston MP and Lord Gray.  To mark the occasion young Roslyn Currie (7) presented Lord Gray with a night time photograph of Mallaig Harbour.  Harbour Authority Board Members and Senior Staff as at 1st May 1986 were as follows:-

Chairman:                                                        Michael Currie

Vice-Chairman:                                              Charles King

Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd:                        Capt R C S Campbell

Charles MacGillivray

British Railways Board:                                Clive Evans

Highland Regional Council:                         Councillor T Kirkwood

Mallaig & NW Fishermens Association:    Peter McLean

William Skinner

Other Users Representative:                        Ronald C Reid

Other Vessel Users Representative:            George Alexander

Secretary:                                                          Robert MacMillan

Harbour Master:                                              Capt John Murray


Robert MacMillan


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Harbour News March 2018

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A faulty generator appears to have been the source/cause of a fire that started within the works container belonging to the construction company Gareloch Support Services who are currently carrying out repairs to the Steamer Pier and vehicle assembly area prior to the commencement of the summer ferry service at Easter.

The fire, which occurred early evening on Monday 19th February, was spotted by Harbour Master James McLean who quickly alerted the local Fire Brigade who dealt with the fire efficiently and effectively.

Thankfully the fire caused little damage – some GSS equipment stored within the container being affected.

Mallaig Harbour Authority wish to thank the local fire unit for their prompt response and effective handling of the situation.


The Mallaig Harbour Masterplan (available at www.mallaig-harbour.com) was finalised and published last year following a public consultation and represents a blueprint that is both transformational and sustainable for Mallaig Harbour and the village of Mallaig.

As a follow on from the Masterplan an Outline Business Case was commissioned to look at funding and implementation of key components of the Masterplan.  It was developed according to the Government’s Outline Business Case “Five Case Model”.  Strategic Case/Economic Case/Commercial Case/Financial Case/Management Case and although it is not yet quite 100% complete the OBC concludes that implementation of the Mallaig Harbour Masterplan is a highly worthy economic investment, with realistic potential affordability, and demonstrates that there is a high probability that it can be successfully delivered.

The Final Report of the Outline Business Case is expected to be issued within the next week or two.


The Mallaig Harbour Authority is pleased to offer financial support to Mallaig FC who this summer will compete in the Skye and Lochalsh Football League for the very first time.  The photograph below shows one of the Club Committee Jamie MacGregor receiving a cheque from Robert MacMillan CEO of the Authority.  Also in the photograph is Harbour Master James McLean and Board Member John MacMillan.

Good luck to Mallaig FC for the upcoming season.

Robert MacMillan


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