Welcome Anchorages
Is a free guide covering the extensive cruising grounds of Scotland and Northern Ireland. A hard copy can be collected from most marinas or alternatively it can be viewed on-line or downloaded from the website

For Notices to Mariners (NTM) on changes or hazards to navigation on the Clyde. Clydeport also publish the 'Clydeport Leisure Guide' which provides guidance on the operation of leisure craft on the Clyde. Please click here to download Clydeport Leisure PDF

Scottish Canals
Has all the information concerning Scotland's canal network including information relating to opening times, rates and events.

Sail Scotland
Provides a useful reference point for cruising in Scotland.

Glasgow City Council
Operate a number of visitor pontoons near the City. Information on reserving a visitor berth in Glasgow can be found through their website.




The Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in the UK and a major centre for leisure boating. Its cruising areas are extremely accessible ranging from sheltered bays to busy fishing harbours. Its moderate tidal streams and ranges, well-marked hazards and good facilities equate to an ideal location to base your boat.

The main cruising grounds of the Firth of Clyde extend from Greenock, through the Kyles of Bute down to Troon and take in some of the West Coast's most stunning scenery. The following table provides more information on the distance to popular harbours and marinas from JWD Marina.

JWD Marina Location

55N 56' 46.392 -4W 44' 9.012

Destination km nm
Rhu Marina 8.00 4.30
Holy Loch Marina 13.90 7.50
Kip Marina 14.50 7.80
Bowling Basin (Forth & Clyde Canal) 16.00 8.60
Glasgow (Riverside Museum) 23.00 12.40
Rothesay Harbour, Isle of Bute 26.80 14.50
Largs Yacht Haven 29.60 15.90
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae 34.40 18.60
Kames 38.00 20.50
Ardrossan 47.70 25.70
Brodick, Arran 56.70 30.50
Portavadie 56.90 30.70
Tarbert 59.90 32.30
Lamlash, Arran 60.70 32.70
Ardrishaig (Crinan Canal) 69.60 37.50
Campbeltown 102.20 55.20

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Navigating the Upper Reaches of the Clyde to Glasgow

The upper reaches of the Clyde are now easily navigable to leisure craft. Vessels wishing to navigate up river towards Glasgow and that wish for a short-term or overnight berth would be advised to review the information contained in Glasgow City Council’s website (click here).

There are currently pontoon berths available at: Broomielaw Quay (City Centre), Plantation Quay (City Centre), Yorkhill Quay (West End & Riverside Museum) and Govan (Science Centre & Media Quarter). Pontoon reservations are for a maximum stay of 3 nights (unless previously agreed) and vessel owners are reminded of restrictions to navigation as well as the size and weight of vessels that can use the pontoons.

Reservations are handled by GCC Land & Environmental Services. A booking form is available (click here) or bookings can be made by contacting the Land & Environmental Services Pontoon Booking Service on 08:00 – 17:00 T:0141 287 9225 or 17:00 – 08:00 T: 0141 276

Please see below a list of useful publications to assist you when cruising on the Clyde and West Coast of Scotland:

Please click here to download Clydeport Leisure PDF

General Cruising Information

Malin Waters

Clyde Cruising Club
The club publish a range of useful navigational aids including the popular CCC Sailing Directions which cover the majority of Scottish cruising waters.

RYA Scotland

Visit Scotland 
General information on boating activities in Scotland.

Met Office
Provide Inshore and Shipping Forecast for the Scottish sailing regions and beyond.

Admiralty Easy Tide 
A quick and easy to use site for tidal predictions up to 7 days ahead.


Crinan Canal



British marinas federationthe yacht harbour association Memebr of superyacht uk

blue sea marina management

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