North west Scotland

Introduction

Times of high water

Loch Gairloch*: High water is 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool

Ullapool*: Ullapool is a standard port.

Summer Isles*: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. Tidal streams run in the channels between the islands, but do not exceed half a knot.

Enard Bay*: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool

Eddrachillis Bay*: High water is at high water at Ullapool

Loch Laxford*: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Ullapool

Badcall Bay*: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Ullapool

Kylesku*: High water is 5 minutes after high water at Ullapool

Loch Inver*: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. Tidal streams are insignificant.

Tidal streams

Rubha Reidh*: The north-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. Overfalls can form here.

Rubha na Coigeach*: The east north-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.. Some sources have the stream turning around 50 minutes earlier.

Point of Stoer*: The north-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. There are eddies on both sides of the point, but neither is especially strong. Overfalls can form at the point. Some sources have the stream turning around 50 minutes earlier.

Loch Ewe entrance*: The south south-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The north north-west going stream begins at 10 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. Away from the entrance, the stream is less.

Loch Broom*: At the narrows, south east of Ullapool: The south-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 55 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The north-west going stream begins at 5 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. Streams are weak elsewhere in the Loch.

Enard Bay*: Tidal streams are insignificant in the Bay.

Eddrachillis Bay*: Tidal streams are insignificant in the Bay, except at the narrows of Kylesku.

Kylesku Bridge*: The north-east going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 45 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs. The area of fast flowing water is small, and eddies make it possible to paddle against the flow.

Sound of Handa*: The north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. There can be rough water in the middle of the sound in wind over tide conditions.

Loch Laxford*: Tidal streams are insignificant in the loch.

Around Dubh Sgeirean*: The north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 55 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

West side of Handa*: The north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Between Handa and Eddrachillis Bay*: The south going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The north going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Cluas Deas*: The north going stream begins at 2 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south going stream begins at 5 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2.5 knots at springs.

Little Loch Broom entrance*: The south-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The north-west going stream begins at 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The streams are weak elsewhere in the Loch.

Off the entrance of Loch Ewe*: The north north-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south south-west going stream begins at 5 hours after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Channels either side of the Isle of Ewe*: The south south-east going stream begins at 6 hours and 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The north north-west going stream begins at 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 0.5 knots at springs.

Caolas Beag*: Between Longa Island and the Mainland: The tide flows south-east and north-west. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Loch Gairloch*: The east going stream begins at 6 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 0.2 knots at springs. The streams are weak in the middle of the loch, but may reach up to 0.5 knot near the shore on both sides.

Lochs Glendhu and Glencoul*: There is little or no tidal stream in the lochs beyond the narrows at Kylesku.

Gruinard Bay*: Streams within the bay are weak.

Notes

Access/Egress

Laxford Bay*: (NC 227 477) g Beach by old pier. Parking possible by the old pier on in a layby on the road.

Tarbet*: (NC 163 488) g Ferry slip by a beach. Lots of parking, as this is the departure point for the Handa Ferry.

Scourie*: (NC 151 446) g Small parking area by the beach on the south side of Scourie Bay. Launching and parking also possible at the picnic area at the east end of the bay.

Kylesku*: (NC 230 335) g Parking around the harbour. A small beach in the back corner of the harbour bay may be easiest access point. Alternatively, use the slipway at the end of the road.

Head of Loch Nedd*: (NC 143 317) g Small slipway. Small parking area just along the road to the east.

Culkein Drumbeg*: (NC 109 338) g

Clashnessie*: (NC 058 310) g Small parking area on the east side of the beach.

Culkein*: (NC 039 331) g Limited parking on grass verges.

Stoer*: (NC 038 282) g Carry across a field to the beach. Limited parking by the graveyard.

Clachtool*: (NC 040 273) g Parking area and public toilets 100m carry from the beach.

Achmelvich*: (NC 058 249) g Car park 250m walk from the beach.

Lochinver*: (NC 088 222) g Slipway inside the harbour breakwater at the end of the road, built in 2010. Various parking options nearby.

Achnahaird*: (NC 016 140) g Parking area at end of road. Launch off the rocky foreshore nearby, or carry onto the beach.

Reiff*: (NB 965 144) g Access to beach at end of road. It may be possible to leave a car hereabouts, but it is not obvious where.

Old Dornie*: (NB 982 112) g Slipway, with limited parking nearby.

Achiltibuie*: (NC 012 097) g Possible to park on the grass by the road, a short carry from the beach.

Badenscallie*: (NC 036 061) g Parking by the beach next to the burial ground.

Badluarach*: (NG 996 948) g Jetty, with parking nearby.

Mellon Udrigle*: (NG 890 959) g Parking area 100m walk from the beach.

Ardmair*: (NH 108 983) g Roadside parking by the sea.

Ullapool*: (NH 130 940) g Beach along shore street. Parking along the street. A slipway to the east may be easier at high tide. If parking is busy, there is a large free car park off Latheron Lane, 500m west-north west of here.

Mungasdale*: (NG 960 926) g Jetty through a gate by the side of the road - may be possible to drop boats here. Parking in a layby just to the north - it may be equally easy to launch on the rocky foreshore below the layby?

Gruinard Beach*: (NG 952 900) g Reasonably sized parking area. The walk to the beach is short, but down a narrow set of wooden steps.

Laide*: (NG 902 925) g Jetty. Space to drop boats, but not leave a car. One option is to park in a small layby on the main road, 400 m south of the point where the narrow road down to the jetty joins.

Aird Point*: (NG 868 890) g Slipway, parking nearby.

Midtown*: (NG 823 847) g Jetty, limited space to park.

Firemore Beach*: (NG 817 881) g

Cove*: (NG 810 909) g Slipway, may be possible to leave a car nearby. Alternatively, launch on the beach to the south of the village, where it may be possible to leave a car on the verge.

Rubha nan Sasan*: (NG 814 921) g Small parking area, near the Arctic Convoy Memorial on the headland. It is a short carry to launch on rocky slabs below the parking area, but this will only be sensible when the sea is calm.

Melvaig*: (NG 739 862) g Jetty. May be possible to leave a car nearby, or on the verge near where the road down to the jetty meets the main single track road. Failing that, there is a small parking area 1 km north along the main road.

Big Sand*: (NG 760 779) g Small parking area near the beach. Small fee payable at camp site reception.

Smithstown*: (NG 797 773) g Slipway by small layby. Car park 100m to the west.

Charlestown*: (NG 809 751) g Parking by slipway, with further parking the far side of the A road. Bottom of slip dries at low water, which may occasion a carry across seaweed covered shingle.

Badachro*: (NG 782 737) g Pier at the end of the road, beyond the Inn. It is likely better to park 125m west of here in a small parking area. It may be simpler to launch directly from this parking area around high water.

Fanagmore*: (NC 178 498) g Slipway at end of road. No parking at road end, but may be possible to leave one car nearby.

Inverkirkaig*: (NC 078 196) g Road runs alongside the beach, possible to drop boats from a passing place. Parking 700m along the road and river to the east.

Poolewe*: (NG 860 811) g Layby on the main road, by the foreshore.

Gairloch Beach*: (NG 806 757) g Public car park by golf club. 150m carry to the beach.

Shieldaig*: (NG 804 727) g Steep steps down to the water from a pull off on the road. Likely better to park 300m to the east in a parking area.

Redpoint*: (NG 732 688) g Parking area at end of road. 400m carry to the beach.

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