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Notices To Mariners
Update 18/02/23
Health, Safety & Security Notice
Please note the following:

Visitors are asked to note that vessels may not be left unattended overnight without the prior consent of the Marina Master.

Middle Pier Works are still ongoing to reconnect the electrical supply to the new Outer Harbour Pontoons. An announcement will be made when the new facilities are open for visiting yachts.

Update 09/02/23
Please see the attached NTM from Rothesay Harbour Master issued today 9th February 2023 and valid until further notice.

Argyll & Bute Council
No 1 of 2023
Rothesay Inner Harbour
Maximum Vessel Length
Mariners are advised that the maximum allowable length of vessels using the Inner Harbour at Rothesay is 14 Metres.

Peter Welsh
Rothesay Harbour Master
9th February 2023

Update 07/02/23
We are advised that the final works to complete the outer harbour pontoons should be completed by the end of February.
When news is received, this website will be updated.

Update 07/02/23
The 2023-24 Berthing rates have now been published and are effective from 1st April 2023 until 31st March 2024. A copy may be downloaded from this website.

Update 21 December 2022
Following further enquiries to Argyll & Bute Council, we are still awaiting an update on the likely completion date of the new pontoons in the Outer Harbour. We understand that the electrical and water connections are yet to be completed.

Update 30 August 2022 - Outer Harbour Works Update
Work continues on the installation of new pontoons in the Outer Harbour. The following information has been provided by Ports & Harbours at Argyll & Bute Council:

Following is the latest update from the Design team engineer who is overseeing the works at the pontoons.
The Principal Contractor, Teignmouth Maritime Services, restarted site works on 22 June 2022 and has installed the pontoon system, piles and access gangway.

A specialist subcontractor, Gael Force Engineering, has installed utilities for the berthing facility and the secure access fencing.

At present, Argyll & Bute Council is awaiting on outstanding items including safety elements from the Principal Contractor prior to opening the facility to the public including  testing and commissioning of the facility in preparation for handover to the Council.

Further information will be published as soon as available.

Updated 02 August 2022
Please note that Argyll  & Bute Council now have responsibility for the operation of the Victorian Toilets, which will be open to the general public and visiting Yachts 0900-1800hrs.

The facilities will be closed for cleaning  0800-0900hrs.

Over night availability for visiting yachts on an entry code which is available from the Berthing Master.

Please note from 1800hrs-0800hrs toilet and showers are Uni-sex on Ladies side.

Outer Harbour Works continue
Work continues on the installation of new pontoons in the Outer Harbour.

We are advised that contractors are expected back on site this week to connect up electrical and water services.

Until the work is completed, please DO NOT berth on the Outer Harbour pontoons, since there is no shore access.

A further announcement on this website will follow in due course.

We are still unable to accept any more requests for long term berthing, since we only have the inner Harbour operational until the works are concluded in the Outer Harbour.

There is restricted capacity for visiting boats.

Appointment of Rothesay Harbour Master
Peter Welsh ,who has served for many years as Assistant Harbour Master at Rothesay has now been appointed as the new Harbour Master. We wish him well in his new appointment.

Welcome to
Rothesay Marina
Rothesay Harbour Pontoons are managed by Bute Berthing Company Ltd. who wish you a most enjoyable stay. We have pontoon berths in the Inner & Outer Harbours.

Inner Harbour pontoon berths are accessed via the lifting bridge on the quay which is the main access route for ferry pedestrians.

Access to the Inner Harbour is via the lifting bridge which will be raised upon request to the Harbour Master subject to the operating schedule of Calmac Ferries & other larger vessels using the pier.

Please contact the Harbour Master's Office on VHF Channel 12 or by telephone on 01700 503842 to book your entry or exit time. The bridge remains lowered during  ferry arrival times for foot passengers.

Traffic lights at the Harbour entrance must be obeyed when entering or leaving the Harbour

Toilets & showers are operated by Bute Victoriana Ltd accessible 24/7 by key code, available from the Berthing Master. Showers and disabled toilets are situated within the Victorian Toilets on Rothesay Pier.

Please do not use sea toilets within the harbours

Rubbish bins are located on the Middle Pier. Bottled Gas from Bute Tools in Montague Street & Mill Street Garden Centre, Mill Street, Rothesay.

Regular bus services operate from Guildford Square opposite the Marina and restaurants & pubs are located within easy walking distance of the Marina.  Cash points at TSB & Bank of Scotland in Montague Street, Clydesdale Bank in the High Street  & Royal Bank of Scotland on Victoria Street.

As you approach the harbour, please contact Rothesay Harbourmaster on VHF Channel 12 to request the bridge to be opened if you require access to the inner harbour. A small area of shallower water alongside the main pier of the inner harbour will be clearly marked.

Contact the Berthing Master on VHF Ch 37, Marina Ch1, Ch 16 or on Mobile: 07799 724225


Musters for 2022
3rd September - Inshinnan
17th September - Serpent Yacht Club

Rothesay Marina is operated by Bute Berthing Company Ltd., a non-profit company, on behalf of Argyll & Bute Council.
All directors are volunteers and receive no renumeration.
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