Oban Bay and Approaches

Anchorage Information

General Information

Oban is a key hub for CalMac ferries serving Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Barra and Lismore from the Railway Pier. There are frequent ferry movements throughout the year, particularly in the summer. Other large commercial and fishing vessels use the North and South Piers. From April to October a large number of leisure vessels use Oban including the start of a number a major yacht races. There are fish farms in the Sound of Kerrera.

Oban Bay and the north end of the Sound of Kerrera are often busy and, at times, congested areas. As a result vessels wishing to anchor should seek advice from Oban Harbourmaster on VHF channel 12 or using the contact information here.

Cruise liners

The recognised anchorages are shown on the plan. They are:-
1. Sgeir Rathaid North cardinal buoy bearing 090°T x 1 cable in position 56° 24’.92N 005° 29’04W
3. Dunollie light bearing 302°T x 8.9 cables 56° 25’92N 005° 30’37W

Position 1 - Used in May 2015 by Ocean Diamond (loa 124 metres & draught 4.9 metres)

N.B. Cruise Liners using anchorage position 1 must keep a NW heading to avoid blocking ferry traffic to Railway Pier. 
Position 3 - Used in May 2015 by Queen Mary 2 (loa 345 metres & draught 10.1 metres)

Click on the image to enlarge

Click on the image to enlarge


Cruise vessel in Position 1

Commercial and large leisure vessels anchor off Ardantrive Bay, Kerrera

Position 2 - Dunollie light bearing 230°T x 3.1 cables in position 56° 25’.19N 005° 29’.47W
Position 4 - Dunollie light bearing 225°T x 4.25 cable in position 56° 25’.07N 005° 29’.56W

Northern Lighthouse Board’s Pharos (loa 84.3m draught 4.3m) and fish farm servicing vessels such as Norholm (loa 33m draught 6m) use this area for anchoring.

Leisure Vessels of about 10m loa and 2m draught may anchor to the North West of the North Pier, off the Esplanade, between the Pier and the mooring buoys in Position 5.

Position 2 may also be used by small boats for anchoring closer to Rubh a Chruidh.

Alternatively, use can be made of the visitor moorings provided by:-