Comprehensive Sailing Directions for UK Harbours with free Nautical Charts

Awarded a Gold Site Maritime Web AwardThis site is an online pilotage guide, here to provide timely and detailed information about the various ports and harbours, estuaries, rivers and inlets around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. For those arriving by boat.

"research and plan here ...then navigate using one of our electronic chart packages"


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Impartial and original information...  free to use

300 Harbours: Each harbour (NOT JUST marinas) has full sailing directions, free charts, and photo galleries. All mooring options are covered, including: prices, local facilities, provisioning, launching places, pubs and dining. Plus 7 day weather and 2018 tide tables.   Interactivity   Logged in visitors can leave comments and information.

Access via the Regions menu on the left,

Or  Click here to browse through all harbours

Or: Access them via  Google Earth if you have it installed.   Harbours will appear as clickable markers



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See charts in 3D overlaid onto satellite imagery with variable transparency. Online VisiCharts for members only Membership: Enjoy what you see on this website ?  Join our other 5511 paid members (April 2018), including some very well known sailing "names"..   A one off payment of £25 gets you ongoing membership. No more to pay.  Access 1667 "Full Screen" charts online, on PC, Mac or iPad.  See chart listings. Use for planning and research.  Members have access to our own remarkable online VisiCharts that Lay UK/Irish charts over Google Earth satellite imagery. (With variable transparency  3D, "head up" view)  Plenty of members have told us that this innovative service is worth joining for alone. Look at what else you get in the "Members Only" area...Click HERE



Coming soon:  New site:  VMH-Lite . A modern, seamless, map/chart driven way to easily get at our harbour coverage, charts and tidetables plus other useful information. Mobile and touchscreen friendly.  Great on big screen desktops too.





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Android only charts                                          Our BEST seller... AIS compatible
Android Charts: Android tablets with the right app make a great stand alone "for nav"  chart plotting system..  self contained with GPS, quick starting, full navigation facilities.  We've worked with Ronald Koenig, the developer of the cracking "Marine Navigator" Android app.  App costs £6.42 from Play Store. VMH raster chartsets
available as Easy-Activate Android only downloads    


UK and other European chart coverage

Instant download / activate  prices from £7.99 / £14.95 (members/non-members) for 800+ UK/Ireland charts, other areas available, inc. France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal... see coverage maps and prices HERE

(Android charts are already bundled with ALL Unified Chart packages below)








For Windows and Android (& iOS capability with qtVlm):

Buy and keep offline "For Nav" chartpacks


This system will turn your PC into a powerful GPS / AIS compatible chartplotter
plus allow you additional mobile/tablet installations...handy for out in the cockpit


A buy and keep raster chart system that will work with Windows programs: SeaClear (free), OpenCPN (free), qtVlm (free) Polar Navy and Expedition .  By automated download... up and running in an hour.   Also available on secure USB with floating license. 

Ideal for the new breed of Windows 10 touchscreen tablets, as well as larger machines.

Marine Navigator (Android) & qtVlm (Android and iOS)  charts are bundled for free with all Windows Unified Charts packages

Find out more: Click HERE





Unified Charts will work with standard versions of the following programs:

Marine Navigator                 qtVlm                    SeaClear              OpenCPN               Polar View           Expedition    



Now embedded in Unified Charts:

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Default Program   " qtVlm"    a modern fully featured nav and planning app of particular interest to racers. Capable of planning routes based on weather, currents, and polar diagrams. Overlay wind and tide gribs, great instrumentation, and a simulation mode.


  • Easy auto install of program and charts from USB or download..Embedded
  • Same qtVlm charts can be installed on Android or iPad using the Unlock codes provided
  • Help, hints and tips for qtVlm, more articles going on regularly   SEE HERE
  • Unified Chart purchasers can have the Windows version at no expense. Paid mobile versions available.



UK and other European chart coverage

Download prices from £23/£32 (members/non-members) for 800+ UK/Ireland charts, other areas available, inc. France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal... see coverage maps and prices HERE




qtVlm for all platforms


For users of Macs,  Linux,  RaspberryPi  (Program available FREE here)  plus mobile platforms.  VMH also make "Cross Platform qtVlm Charts" that will work on ANY platform that this program will. By download with easy unlock process: Click HERE                                    




All charts used online and in products are derived from Official British or SHOM raster charts and licensed by the UKHO/SHOM. We recommend always using Admiralty paper charts in conjunction with any electronic navigation systems.

Featured Harbour show all

Loch Eriboll

East and North Scotland

Contacts None!!

Loch Eriboll is a popular stopping off point for those intending to, or who have just managed to, weather Cape Wrath
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