The sheltered waters of Loch Harport, on the west side of the Isle of Skye, have provided a safe haven for seafarers for centuries, but until recently there have been precious few facilities for visiting boats.

Thanks to the efforts of a local community company the village of Carbost now offers berthing alongside the renovated pier, visitor moorings, and, by the summer of 2016, overnight pontoon berths.

The construction of a new building housing toilets and showers will also be completed this summer.

For seafarers who arrive by road there is a new slipway that allows launching and recovery of boats at all but low water springs, and ample parking for towing vehicles and trailers.

Carbost boasts a shop, post office, waterfront inn, and a local seafood take-away. It is also home to Talisker Distillery which welcomes visitors throughout the year.

Position: 57.306N 06.357W


Canna Harbour. Credit: Steve Goldthorp

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