North West and Hebrides Marine Tourism
Stretching from the Loch Linnhe north to Caithness and encompassing Skye and the small isles, the Outer-Hebrides and St Kilda the waters off the north west of Scotland offer infinite possibilities for the marine tourist.
Whether your interest is on the water, in the water or under the water the waters of the North West and Hebrides has something special to offer. From the sheltered waters of the sea lochs to the more exposed waters around the Hebrides there is something to suit all abilities. Whether you want a challenge (St Kilda) or just want a pleasant cruise the waters off the North West and Hebrides offer variety and stunning scenery. The facilities for the marine tourist vary from modern marinas, through traditional harbours to new pontoon structures and moorings, but all round this coast you will find plenty to encourage the marine tourist.
The many islands in this area offer unsurpassed opportunities for exploration by sea kayak. Whether you choose to explore the Knoydart peninsula, or the small islands, the coast of Skye or discover the many small Hebridean Islands it would take a lifetime possibly more to explore it all.
The waters round this part of Scotland offer plenty of dive sites, wrecks or just scenic dives there is plenty to attract the underwater photographer or sport diver. There are plenty of specialist dive companies offering their expert services to the visitor.
The waters off the north west of Scotland out to the Hebrides offer huge opportunities and choices for the cruising sailor. There are plenty of anchorages, harbours and pontoons for the visitor to facilitate discovery of this beautiful area. However, it should be remembered that on some of the smaller islands and out in the Hebrides daily papers and other provision may not be available every day, Sunday closing is still a part of life in the Hebrides. Whether you are looking for a challenge, sailing out to the Hebrides and on to St Kilda or just gentle pottering round the Summer Isles and coasts of Skye and Sutherland the scenery and wildlife will keep you entranced. The Caledonian Canal links to this area from the east coast at Fort William on Loch Linnhe.
The marine environment off the west of Scotland offers a unique opportunity to see some of Scotland’s wildlife close at hand. Species such as sea otters, porpoises, dolphins, orca and basking sharks, white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles and very occasionally osprey can all be found in this marine environment if you know where to look.