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Yacht & Catamaran Charter in Ardfern, Scotland

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Our Guide to Ardfern

Ardfern Yacht Centre

Ardfern Yacht Centre is located at the head of Loch Craignish, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and sheltered sea lochs. Ardfern comes equipped with 80 Pontoon berths fully serviced.

The Marina has a fully equipped Chandlery and can be approached at any tide. Wi-fi is available throughout the Marina.


Ardfern is the largest settlement on the Craignish Peninsula. It dates back to the early 1700’s but split into two large estates by the 1800’s which still remain today. In the early 1900’s, the village had a busy pier frequented by passenger steamers and the ubiquitous West Highland puffers.

By 1979, a small existing boatyard was purchased and developed into the marina that exists today. This helped bring the village back from the rut it was sinking into and created a thriving and attractive village that you can see today.

Things to see and do

Ardfern rewards explorers. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland can be found along the shore of Loch Craignish. The pebble bay of Bagh Dun Mhuilig, named after a nearby Iron Age fort, lies just a little under two miles from the village itself. There is another fort found overlooking the South end of the bay.

Craignish Old Parish Church, also known as Kirkton Chapel or Kilmory Chapel, is the shell of a rectangular church dating back to the early 1200s. In a shelter in the west end of the church is a superb collection of medieval grave slabs. The area around the Church is great for picnics on sunny days.

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Eating and Drinking

A trip into Croabh to the north of Ardfern is best recommended for food& drink. Ardfern has little to offer in the way of restaurants but they do offer a nice breakfast café, The Crafty Kitchen, which is highly recommended for tea-breaks and brunch.

As far as food and drink go in Croabh, there’s only one place you could ever go to. The Lord Of The Isles. The town’s only pub and eatery, The Lord Of The Isles does not disappoint in either respect. The food served here is beautiful. Company is always friendly and service is excellent. The Public House also has a store, extremely well stocked, attached to the back of it for any need that someone might have.

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Marina Details

Address: Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QN
Long / Latitude: N 56° 10.95’  W 5° 31.80'
Telephone: 01852 500247
Fax: 01852 500247
VHF: Channel 80
Walk-ashore berths: 80
Rates: £2.30/m

Bottled gas, Chandler, Disabled facilities, Electrical supply, Electrical repairs, Engine repairs, First aid, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Pump out, Sail repairs, Shop / Supermarket, Showers, Toilets, Telephone, Visitors berths, Wi Fi

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Getting to the Marina

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By Air

The nearest major airport is Glasgow, 145km away. Travel to here and then driving by car to the village will take an average of two and a half hours.

By Train

The nearest train station is Oban, a 50 minute drive away.  You can get to Oban by train from Glasgow easy enough - there are trains every hour.

By Bus

There are coaches that run from Glasgow to Craobh. The average travel time is around seven hours and takes three transfers along the way. From here, it’s an 8 minute car journey to Ardfern.

By Car

Car travel from Glasgow in the South East will take around 2 hours in total.

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