Harbours

Kyle harbour

Kyle harbour, situated within the sheltered confines of Loch Alsh, is a busy deep water port (greater than 7m). It plays host to a variety of cargo, fishing, fish farming, leisure and small to medium sized cruise liners. Leisure facilities include 120m of pontoons at Kyle and Kyleakin as well as four visitor moorings on the south shore of the loch, off Kyleakin.

The slipways once used by the car ferries that operated prior to the build of the Skye bridge, provide excellent launching facilities for trailer launched leisure craft and cargo landing craft. A number of commercial leisure craft also operate out of the harbour offering fishing trips or cruises to view the magnificent scenery, above and below the water.

The pontoons on the Kyle side of Loch Alsh are moored in a relatively exposed location and not suitable for use in certain weather conditions. Visitors are required to contact the Harbour Master before berthing. These pontoons are usually only available between the 1 April and 30 September after which they are removed for safe winter storage.

The pontoons at Kyleakin remain available throughout the year, although larger vessels will be required to move off to moorings during adverse weather conditions.

Harbour details

Position

Latitude  57° 16.77’ N
Longitude  05° 42.77’ W

Harbour area

All waters below the level of MHWS commencing at:

  1. A point 65 metres South of the Westernmost end of Lochalsh Road at Latitude 57° 16.793’N, Longitude 05° 43.271’ W; thence in a SSE’ly direction for a distance of 412 metres to:
  2. Latitude 57° 16.591’ N, Longitude 05° 43.104’ W; thence in an E’ly direction for a distance of 620 metres to:
  3. Latitude 57° 16.614’N, Longitude 05° 42.492’ W; thence in a NE’ly direction for a distance of 310 metres to:
  4. Latitude 57° 16.745’ N, Longitude 05° 42.297’ W; thence in a N’ly direction for a distance of 180 metres to:
  5. Latitude 57° 16.840’ N, Longitude 05° 42.307’ W; on the level of MHWS South of Creag Loisgte.

Resources

  •   Forklift
  •   30T crane (3rd party hirer)
  •   Fuel supply
  •   Ice plant (approx 0.5 tonne/day production–10 tonne storage)
  •   Waste oil reception and disposal facilities

Out of hours service by arrangement with harbours staff.

Types of vessel

  • Fishing vessels                        
  • Fuel oil tankers                           
  • Fishery protection vessels            
  • Royal Navy
  • Leisure
  • Customs cutters
  • RNLI

Safe anchorages

None within harbour limits but two within Lochalsh at:

  1. Latitude 57° 16.00’ N, Longitude 05° 39.40 W
  2. Latitude 57° 16.60’ N, Longitude 05° 40.60’ W

Harbour personnel

Robert Thomson, Harbour Master

Telephone and Fax: 01599 534167
Mobile: 07748 105730
Robert.thomson@highland.gov.uk

Donald Cameron, Assistant Harbour Master
Mobile: 07787 151446
Donald.cameron@highland.gov.uk

For all other enquiries please contact Harbours HQ at Lochinver by email at:harbours@highland.gov.uk

 

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