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Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin and Approaches

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


From the NW 57°17.0N 005° 45.7W


AC 2540 Loch Alsh and Approaches, Kyle Akin; AC 2541 Loch Duich; Imray C66 Mallaig to Outer Hebrides (plan of Kyleakin); SC5616 various chartlets

Rules & Regulations

None Known


Tidal Currents run strongly through Kyle Akin and Kyle Rhea. See below for times.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Kyle of Loch Alsh is HW Ullapool -00.25 MHWS 5.3m MHWN 3.9m MLWN 2.2m MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

Pontoons                     01599 534505   Mob: 
07483 121473 ... read more


From the South you have to navigate through Kyle Rhea..... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

In 2015 and again in 2016 they made improvements to the pontoons at Kyle of Lochalsh; ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 4th Aug 2022
I reviewed these notes in August 2022. The pontoons are back (although they had to close them for weather earlier in the month). There's a new scale of charges, Murdo is no longer i/c the marina at Kyle of Lochalshe and I don't think there is a regular there now. Toilets are still locked and barred overnight
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 2nd Jul 2021
I reviewed these notes in July 2021. There are NO PONTOONS here this year. They needed new hinges and, due to Covid those were delayed and now it's not financially viable to lay them for just the couple of months left in the season up here.
Kyle Akin tides
Written by SL | 23rd Oct 2018
There is a typo in the following sentence:
"West going stream starts fours after HW Ullapool on Springs and 6 hours after HW Ullapool on Neaps."
What should it say?

By Don. Sorry about that - I've corrected the "fours" to "4 hours"
2 of 2 people found this helpful
Written by Don Thomson | 21st Jun 2017
Shore power (16amp and 32 amp) is available now; see the main text for details.
Written by Don Thomson | 25th Apr 2017
They are installing shore power and it should be available mid June this year.
UPDATE APRIL 2017 Further
Written by Don Thomson | 11th Apr 2017
The notes below refer to the pontoons at Kylre of Lochalsh. The pontoon at Kyleakin (where Taff, below met the glassboat) remain with the HC and have been virtually taken over by the fishermen (not unsurprising as it's the best shelter and they have to carry on fishing when we have all gone home for the winter.)
Written by Don Thomson | 11th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017 and had a long chat with the Community People about the future here. They are discussing a new way of charging visiting yachtsmen; we'll have to see what they come up with. Shore power is a problem because of the winter weather and they can't get funding for a wave barrier. They are forward looking and ambitious and want to find the best solution but certainly, when I have visited here in my boat they have been very helpful.
Kyle Akin pontoon Sept.2016
Written by Second Fiddle | 27th Sep 2016
The glass bottom boat was tied up here as were a number of fishing boats when we tied up. We were asked to move to the inside of the pontoon by the fishermen who arrived later, they said the outside was for commercial craft, though I could see nothing indicating this. Having done this we were rewarded with a bucket of prawns for our trouble.
Update July 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 25th Jul 2015
There have been major improvements to the pontoon at Kyle of Lochalsh and these have been included in the text. They can now take 20 boats without rafting. The "Glass bottom boat" no longer operates from those pontoons so is not an issue any more. We have included a photo of the new pontoons in our gallery
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 31st Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. HIC rates have gone up a little and I've added some information on their two week cruising licence.
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