Tailor-made Boat Trips

Cameron & Struan Smith operate Coastal Connection with fast charter boats operating all year round... if you have something special in mind, give them a call on 01631 565833 or 07919 615210

BYOB - Bring Your Own Boat

Many visitors bring a boat of their own. Certain holiday homes lend themselves to the purpose and it is possible to launch dinghies at The Strand, at Machrins and at Port Mor - but do remember that these are Atlantic waters and not to be under-estimated.

The harbour facilities are very limited and are subject to a fee, payable at the Pier Office (about £10.00 per four days or £31.50 per month to use the harbour). It is possible to launch quite easily at the main slipway, and to launch or recover using the more sheltered one within the harbour (£4.00 to cover both launch and recovery).

Facilities for visiting yachts are largely restricted to the close-boarding along the northwest section of the main pier - for which there is a charge (about £10.00 per four days up to 10m, about £15.00 over 10m). The slipway and harbour are entirely tidal and not normally a convenient option. For further information, please contact the harbour-master.

Colonsay Moorings Development

A Marine License Application for the 10 moorings due to go into Queen’s Bay was submitted to the Crown Estate in March. CCDC also submitted an application to Marine Scotland in late April. Both these applications have had a considerable amount of input from MOWI who are one of our key match-funders for this development. We hope to hear if our applications are successful in the next six to eight weeks. MOWI would like to see the moorings installed as soon as possible, but as you would expect, COVID-19 has impacted many of the administrative and physical processes required to see the 2 tonne anchor blocks put in place. Similarly, the Path Development has been delayed due to an inability to source materials. Our funder, Paths for All, are understanding of the situation and are willing to work with us on this. Colonsay Estate has agreed in principle to the path up to the church and we are working through the details with them.  
In the meantime, CCDC have been corresponding with other marine establishments, and are working on a management plan which incorporates an online booking system for the moorings.  
If anyone has any thoughts or questions about the moorings. Please contact Roz Jewell: rjewellccdc.ldo@gmail.com