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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 August 2017

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Transport Minister Visitation

Mr Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister of Transport and the Islands was presented with a copy of the Mallaig Harbour Authority Masterplan when he visited with the Authority on Wednesday 19th July.  He was given a comprehensive briefing on the aims and aspirations of the Authority for the upcoming 10 – 15 years which includes a Breakwater out to the Lighthouse with new deeper water berthing capability; new ferry berth with associated Linkspan, a concrete ramp and parking for up to 200 vehicles; relocation of the Mallaig Boatyard; new fish/prawn market; new passenger walkway access to the smaller ferry boats; etc; etc.

Other items discussed with the Minister included the ongoing problem on the Mallaig – Armadale ferry service where disruptions due to tidal constraints was still impacting on the service; our full support for an all year round ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig; and the widening and subsequent construction of the A82 Trunk Road as it winds its way around Loch Lomond.

The photo shows Tony Kenning (Vice Chairman); Humza Yousaf (Transport Minister); Charlie King (Chairman); and Robert MacMillan (CEO).

Fish Feed Storage

The 12th of July marked the sixth anniversary of the opening of the 1,000 tonne capacity fish feed store on Mallaig Pier.

To date 223,600 tonnes of fish feed has been loaded/transhipped through the port.

MV Balmoral

The 63 metre cruise ship “MV Balmoral”, built in 1949 as a sister ship to the “Waverley” (but with conventional propulsion) made its inaugural visit to Mallaig on Tuesday 11th July.  The owners of the “Balmoral”,  White Funnel Ltd, Bristol, are considering the implementation of day long excursions on the west coast of Scotland with Mallaig being one of the pickup/drop off points in their itinerary.

The photo shows “MV Balmoral”, under the command of Cpt David Howie, about to dock at Mallaig.


Robert MacMillan


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Harbour News July 2017

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Harbour News July 2017


After a somewhat sluggish early season the Marina is now going like the proverbial fayre with “Marina Full” signs already being posted up on several occasions.  It will therefore be interesting to see, come the end of this 2017 season, how it compares with the following statistical table – an entry in the Members Report for year ending 31st March 2017:

As indicated in last year’s report the Mallaig Marina Centre was officially opened on Saturday 16th April 2016 by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and located within the Centre are state of the art laundry, shower and toilet facilities as well as disabled and baby changing amenities all for use by patrons of the Marina.

Usage of the marina by visiting yachts was on a par with the previous year as the following statistical table would suggest:


Occupancy                  Short Stay

2016                    1482                             43

2015                    1481                             29

2014                    1503                             33

2013                    1338                             81

In addition to the above a further 91 vessels made use of the marina moorings.


I list below some other items contained in the Members Report:

  • Fish Pier Fendering Repairs

As reported last year an engineering inspection had identified problems with the fender system of the Fish Pier (originally constructed in 1971/72) and that urgent repair work was required to the lower walings, a number of the energy absorbing rubber elements at the head of the system, facing plates, replacement of five ladders, some lower ladder sections to be removed and replaced and the fitment of anodes.

Under the watchful eye of Harbour Engineers Wallace Stone, Contractor Gareloch Support Services completed all work by March 2017 at a total cost of £412,000.

  • Waste Oil

Waste oil collection figures for the year ending 31st March 2017 were as follows (last year’s figures in brackets):-

Waste Oil:                   22,200 litres   (12,640 litres)

Oily Water/Sludge:     64,600 litres    (39,350 litres)

  • Wi-Fi

Wi-fi coverage at the port was increased in December 2016 when a signal was relayed from the Marina to the Outer Harbour.  This provides wi-fi coverage throughout the harbour allowing seafarers connectivity to the internet, etc.

  • Westbay Road

The Authority is still actively considering the construction of a road linking Westbay Industrial Estate to the existing Council owned Mallaig Industrial Estate.  Talks, seeking Council input to the project, are currently ongoing.


Speed Limit On All Piers

To all Harbour Users 

You will be aware that we have introduced new markings on the piers including the red lines, car parking spaces, yellow no parking lines and a passenger walkway (incorporating a dropped kerb at the rear of the Fish Market Restaurant) down Lovat Pier to the Western Isles Ticket Office.

The Authority has also placed in-situ traffic calming measures on Lovat Pier which seem to be working well.

The next step is the erection of signage stating the speed limit as 10mph throughout the harbour area.

We realise the pier/harbour is a working area with workers ever present.  It also attracts visitors so these measures have been put in place to help ensure everyone’s safety.

Please note and more importantly, please observe, the speed limit of 10mph on all piers.


New Vessel

Here is the Annie E, the new 22 metre 1200hp workboat built for Morar’s Donald Ian McDonell approaching Mallaig Harbour on 10th June after its maiden voyage from Aalst, Holland where it was built by Neptune Marine at a cost of approx £3m.Harbour

The Annie E, which has a draught of 2.8 metres and an average speed of 7.4 knots, will complement Donald Ian’s existing workboat the Emma C.

The Mallaig Harbour Authority wish Donald Ian every success with his new venture.


Robert MacMillan


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Harbour News – June 2017

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Mallaig Harbour News: June 2017

Cruise Ship Visitations

Two visits by “Le Boreal” – Thursday 18th May and Saturday 3rd June – and one from the “Hebridean Princess” (18th May) kicked off the cruise ship visitation for the summer season.

There are two more to follow.  On Saturday 24th June “Le Soleal” – sister ship of “Le Boreal” – will pay a visit and in the afternoon of Tuesday 11th July the UK based “MV Balmoral” (63 metres in length) will tie up alongside the pier for a short period of time.

Passenger Access

One of the issues raised via the recently published Mallaig Harbour Masterplan is the provision of improved access at the passenger steps.  The Authority is now actively reviewing access from the pier onto the small passenger ferry boats that use the steps and an initial meeting with some of the local businesses that could be affected – directly or indirectly – by any improvement there like say, provision of a walkway/pontoon access replacing the steps, has been held.

Local and Inverie passenger ferry vessels, The Mallaig Boatyard, The Lifeboat and the local Fishing fleet will all be affected – to a greater or lesser degree -with anything that is eventually implemented in that area hence the need for early and continued consultation and consideration..

Mary Manson

This photograph crossed over my desk just the other day.  Taken in the early to mid 60’s when the pier was still owned and operated by British Railways the photo shows the local Ring Net Vessel “Mary Manson” getting “painted up” on Lovat Beach.  It looks as if Old Jim Manson is about to “walk the plank” to get to the “Margaret Ann” OB79.

The three buildings on the left are The Lifeboat Shed, Bruce Watt Cruises and Sandy Reid’s Fish Shop.

Incidentally I remember there being holes in the concrete floor in Reid’s Fish Shop – sea water would gurgle up the holes at high tide flooding the shop floor!

Beluga II

The harbour played host to “Beluga II”, a two masted schooner owned and operated by “Greenpeace” over the weekend of 26th – 29th May, and on the 29th the vessel sailed for Canna.

The “Beluga II” is in the area doing research and collecting data on waste plastic/debris in the Minch.

Harbour News May 2017

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Palm Oil

I start off with a warning posted by the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) and received by the Harbour Authority on Friday 14th April 2017:

“I want to draw your attention to reports received by the MCA over recent months regarding Palm Oil.

The substance normally washes ashore in ‘lumps’ and does range in size and appearance; it also has the potential to cause harm to dogs if they ingest it.

Please remain visual and if you do receive / have any reports then please report back to myself and HM Coastguard through the normal reporting channels.

Lisa McAuliffe

Counter Pollution & Salvage Officer (Wales and West & SCOTNI)


Road & Pier Markings

The white (and yellow) lining of the roads around the pier areas was carried out last month – a pre cursor to the summer tourist season – but what seems to have become a talking point are the double red lines which are now in situ on the road outside the Harbour Office and on the road round by the Industrial Estate.

However there’s nothing sinister or untoward to report its just an indication that you are now crossing over or entering Mallaig Harbour owned land.  Road signs indicating this will be erected soon.

New Regulations

Marine Scotland has issued new regulations which apply from Monday 17th April 2017.  That is when SSI No 57/2017 The Shellfish (Restrictions on taking by unlicensed fishing boats) (Scotland) Order 2017 came into force so if you are a hobby or unlicensed fishermen the following daily catch limits now apply:

  • Crab – Edible; Green; Spider; Velvet  – 5 of any combination
  • Lobster –  1
  • Nephrops – 10
  • Scallop –  King; Queen –  6 of any combination


The Norwegian salmon well boat “Oysund” – on contract to Marine Harvest – replaced the Ronja Challenger for a spell last month with her initial visit to Mallaig Harbour being on Friday 21st April 2017.

The vital statistics of the 3 year old Oysund are 69.9m length; 12m breadth; 5.1m draught.


Robert MacMillan


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