Gull’s Eye Guide to Dunstaffnage Marina

This Gull’s Eye Guide comes from Dunstaffnage Marina located in Scotland’s West Coast, off the shores of Ardmucknish Bay. The marina itself sits on the entrance of Loch Etive, an undeniably beautiful area with the added benefit of protection against adverse weather conditions due to Eilean Mor Island. A short sail deeper into Loch Etive, there are great mooring opportunities, including Salmore Bay, which is a good fishing spot for those who like to catch their own dinner.

Due to its location and depth at the entrance, Dunstaffnage is an easy sailing spot with undemanding navigation, however it is always recommended to have the appropriate charts and maps with you. Navigational lights are located on Dunstaffnage castle and island foreshores for those travelling after dark. Unfortunately due to its remote location, the marina isn’t the best stop if you’re in need of stocking up as there’s a 10-minute drive along the coast to Oban — the local town. The Wide Mouthed Frog which is an on-site restaurant, bistro and bar is great for a mid day bite or an after cruise drink. The restaurant also has rooms available for overnight stays.

For those looking to enjoy a quiet scenic break, this marina is a great choice for you. Visitors often enjoying walking over to Dunstaffnage Castle, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. Poppies, a quaint garden centre with a café and attractive grounds is easily accessible via dinghy from across the bay. However, if you’re looking to stretch your sea legs, it is recommended to travel across the Sea of Hebrides to Barra or the Sound of Harris and then onto St Kilda. The Priest Isles of Mingulay, Barra Head or Vatersay are also good stops along the way. Whichever direction you wish to take, you will have the opportunity to view exceptional wildlife, cetaceans and wild flowers during this enjoyable cruise.