West of Scotland Sailing Map– a planning guide for yacht cruising


Isle of Rum – new visitor moorings August 2019.

 Chris Anstock and the Development Officer on the Isle of Rum confirm that there are now ten new swing visitor moorings in Loch Scresort for yachts up to 15tons.  Suggested donation £10 per night.

Note that a laminated flat map is available for wall mounting – We are happy to supply complementary copies to Yacht Clubs and similar bodies – please email us if interested – riverspublishing@gmail.com.

  Specification for Second Edition

980mm x 690mm                                          Folded to 245 x 115mm.

Scale:   1:350,000                                            R.r.p.  £10.95.

ISBN:    978-0-9957513-2-3                          Publication March 2018.

Author   Mike McDonald.                                                          .


This high quality topographical map is specially designed to show the ‘Big Picture’ for the yachtsman planning to cruise in the West of Scotland.  It provides a unique combination of the best information shown on a conventional road map with selected nautical details.  The map covers the sailing area from the Clyde to Ullapool and the Outer Hebrides as far north as Stornaway.

The topographical base map is a quite detailed, then over this is superimposed the sailing information which is highlighted in bright colours to stand out – Marinas, pontoons, visitor moorings, selected anchorages, diesel supplies, areas with especially strong tidal streams, and a few selected pubs.

The format of the map is designed to be convenient and user friendly with the information shown as simply and clearly as possible.  Most place names are in 8 or 10pt type face for easy reading.  There are guidance notes and links to further information sources.

The author, Mike McDonald, has been a Yachtmaster Instructor who has lived in and sailed the West Coast of Scotland for many years and in many different boats.

 About the Second Edition

The first edition was published in 2013 and each year, as it has become better known, it has become more and more popular with sailors.  It has received excellent reviews.

This second edition shows – 8 new marinas, 11 new pontoons & 13 new sets of visitor moorings.  Besides updating the yachting information, the opportunity has also been taken to update the topographical base map with new roads and new ferry routes.

The map has also proved popular with non-sailors as it is the only map currently available that shows the West of Scotland and the Hebrides so clearly.

Peter Knowles, Editor.   March 2018.

Front Cover

.Front Cover Scotland Sailing Map 2018

Back Cover

Back Cover Scotland Sailing Map 2018 edition

 Whole Map but low resolution.

Scotland Sailing Map - full size but low res

Sample snapshot

Sample section Scotland Sailing Map 2018

Some Amazon Reviews

Great planning map

Good paper, anchorages and marinas marked. Good for planning, just don’t get thinking you’re going to navigate from this!

By N. A. Bowling on 11 March 2016


Fantastic addition to our pilots and other navigation aids.

Used it for planning and while at sea.

By Jeff on 19 July 2015


Great map. Brilliant for route planning.

I bought this map primarily to help plan routes. After mounting it on the wall my ‘trip dreaming’ time has increased significantly. This is a great resource with clearly marked moorings, marinas, anchorages and other amenities along with loads of scope for inventing interesting routes. Highly recommended. Be prepared to be inspired by the sailing route possibilities.

By Stuart A Holmes  on 3 February 2014  



An excellent overview of maritime Scotland.

This is an excellent map for sailors, or those following a yacht cruising the Scottish west coast, as it gives a clear overview of the area and facilities available. It has become one of our most used charts on board although of course not for actual navigation. It is well priced, a convenient size and easy to use.

By Maestro7 on 26 May 2014


I love this map!

 It gives a really good overview of the sailing area. It isn’t a chart and shouldn’t be used for navigation – but for passage planning, seeing where are the anchorages, marinas and pubs then it’s great.

By Dan K on 23 June 2013