Located within the north east corner of the Isle of Mull. Tobermory bay is sheltered from the south, the west and the northwest by steep cliffs and adjacent hills. To the east the bay is partially enclosed by Calve Island.

Approaches to Tobermory Bay from the west    
Boats approaching from the west will enter the Sound of Mull at Bloody Bay. The only hazard when approaching the entrance to Tobermory Bay is New Rocks, 1 mile east of Rubha nan Gall lighthouse. New Rocks are marked and buoyed. The main entrance to the bay is between Rubha na Leip and Rubh' an Righ on the north of Calve Island.

Local hazard

In a strong southeasterly gale combined with a strong ebb tide the seas off Rubha nan Gall lighthouse can be a problem to very small boats.

Approaches to Tobermory Bay from the south
Boats approaching from the south through the Sound of Mull should continue north of Calve Island before turning west into Tobermory Bay. A south cardinal mark is now located just south of the Little Stirk.

Local hazard
A rock outcrop, Sgeir Calve, lies close to and halfway along the eastern shore of Calve Island . This rock is only visible at low water.

The Doirlinn - Local Hazard
Small boats from the south can also enter the bay via the Doirlinn, a narrow, shallow channel
 between the southern end of Calve island and the east coast of Mull . This passage dries at low tide. The clear channel is north of the central rock and is marked with two metal perches. Please be aware that the PORT hand
perch is currently missing but is to be replaced as soon as possible. (6/6/2014)

Approaches to Tobermory Bay from Loch Sunart
Boats approaching from Loch Sunart and crossing to Tobermory from Auliston Point should steer south of the Big and the Little Stirk. A south cardinal mark is now located just south of the Little Stirk.

Local Hazard
The Little Stirk covers and is now marked by Cardinal Mark, the Big Stirk only covers at a very high tide.



TOBERMORY HARBOUR 56° 37'.30N 006° 30'.70W    
The harbour nestles within the western shores of Tobermory Bay . The harbour is clearly divided into: the fairway, the local moorings, visitor moorings, visitor anchoring area, the THA pontoon and pier berthing areas. The fairway provides a clear passage between the Fishermans pier and the CMAL pier. The fairway extends out into the bay from the lifeboat pier and the car ferry slip.

Local Rules
Do not anchor in the fairway.

Please keep your speed and wash to a minimum within the harbour.

Local Hazard
Be aware of boats leaving and berthing at the piers, pontoons and slips day and night.

The ebb tide will reduce the depth by up to 4.5 metres at spring tides.



Large ships should anchor east of 060° 60' and outside the local moorings and the fairway. In fair weather Tobermory bay can accommodate ships and cruise linners up to 30,000 tons at anchor. Passengers can be landed, by arrangement, at the THA Pontoon.

Boats under 21 metres (70ft) may anchor for free in the clear anchoring area, or between the outer moorings.

The THA has 26 swinging moorings for hire. These are marked as VISITOR MOORINGS on the Plan of the Harbour.

Local Rules
  • Do not anchor in the fairway.
  • Do not leave moorings or static fishing gear within the anchoring area.
  • Local hazard - ground tackle
  • When anchoring note that the three inshore rows of Local Moorings alongside the pontoon and the main line of Visitor Moorings, colour blue, are laid to heavy chain ground tackle. All other moorings are single point anchor blocks
  • Local hazard - anchoring in a gale
  • Tobermory Harbour provides security all year round and throughout the majority of weathers and tides. In exceptional gales, skippers could move - in northerly gales to the Doirlinn between Calve Island and Mull or in southerly gales to the small bay between Aros Pier and the mussel farm.
Visiting Cruise Liners and ships up to 30,000 tons anchor within Tobermory Bay under instruction from the ships captain.
Please contact the THA for passenger landing instructions and facilities ashore.

Yachts and Power Boats
A free Anchoring Area is provided on the south side of the Harbour.
The THA maintains this area to keep the seabed free from static gear and illegal moorings  
Boats under 21 metres (70ft) may anchor for free in the clear anchoring area, or between the outer local moorings.



The THA pontoon is best approached via the fairway. Midway between the CMAL pier and the Fishermans pier turn south, a gap has been left between rows C and D to allow clear access from the fairway to the THA pontoon.

The THA pontoon may also be approached along the southern side of the bay, through the visitor moorings and the anchoring area.

The THA pontoon provides alongside berthing and direct access to the town of Tobermory at any state of the tide.

Skippers may be asked to leave the pontoon in exceptional gales from the North East.

The Pontoon is run on a "first come, first served" basis, so any available finger may be taken, smaller boats to the inshore. Please leave Hammerheads available for larger vessels unless given permission from the Marine Manager.

Local Rules

Please keep your speed and wash to a minimum.

Shallow draft boats should berth inshore

Please leave the fuel berth immediately after purchasing fuel

Local charter boats and cruise liner tenders have priority at the Charter Boat Berth, except in emergencies or under instruction from the THA Mooring Officer.
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