Canna has always been a traditional stopping off point for fishing boats and yachts alike. Yachts making the trip to the Outer Isles often drop in to Canna, and with the addition of 10 new moorings, the island's popularity will no doubt increase. The 10 new visitor moorings in Canna Harbour are situated round the perimeter of the inner bay leaving the centre free for anchoring. Visiting yachts can tie up securely for an overnight fee of £10. For information about sailing to Canna, mooring charges etc, please visit the Isle of Canna Website
Canna facilities include a community shop,a post office, a licenced cafe and a public toilet.
The main anchorage is to the north-east of the pier at Galmisdale point.
There is always depth in the channel but the bay to the west mostly dries at spring low tide. There are a few private moorings which leaves limited space for anchoring so a tripping line is not a bad idea. The spring tide sets quite strongly through this channel. When approaching from the north-east, approach between the two new (and lit) perches, and keep open water between Castle Island and Galmisdale point ahead of you. This will keep you in the deepest part of the channel, which is at its shallowest just south of the port hand perch. If you are coming from south, keep clear of the south shore of Castle island, as the reef extends some way offshore.
There is also a possiblity of tying in at the Yacht wall on the new Pier for short stays.
Eigg facilities for yachtmen are at the nearby Pier centre, licensed cafe-bar with free wi-fi, offering evening meals in the summer time, well-stocked shop and PO, craftshop and bike hire. There is also a public toilet in the building with showers (donations welcome). There is also a tap at the back of the cafe which is available to refill with drinking water. The Eigg community is asking yachtsman to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, ensuring it is disposed of in the recycling bins at the pier.
Muck offers two safe anchorages: Gallanach to the north 56° 50.5’ North 06° 15.5’ West To enter the bay line up the green Dutch barn adjacent to the white farm buildings with the dry stone wall leading up to the cliffs on the other side of the island. The holding is good with a sand bottom. Port Mor to the south 56° 49.6’ North 06° 13.0’ West Port Mor is much easier to navigate with a clearly buoyed channel perches at the entrance and a Sectored Light. The holding in Port is also good with a sandy bottom. Port Mor is an enjoyable 20 min walk from Gallanach. At Port Mor there is the Craft Shop and Tea Room for refreshments. Non-perishable items and Isle of Muck lamb are also available. Evening meals, made from local produce whenever possible, including shellfish, meat and vegetables, are available at the Craft Shop (01687 462990/460057) or Port Mor House Hotel (01687 462365). Please book meals well in advance. Shower and wash facilities are available at the Community Hall (small charge). A toilet are also available at the Craft Shop.
Rum is a popular destination for yachts as it offers relatively safe, sheltered and shallow anchorage in Loch Scresort. There are no moorings at present and access to the village is preferred via the Old Pier as it is closer to village services. The Old Pier had new safety features added in December 2011 including new ladders and handrails making it easier to use. You can also land your dinghy at the ferry terminal, but remember that it's regularly used by ferries, so make sure you are aware of their timetables. Also please note that there is no gas station on Rum
The Rum Visitor Centre is situated on the lower shore road near the old pier. Here you can learn about the island’s special features, the walking opportunities and pick up some handy information leaflets. There is also further information on how to obtain a fishing license.
The Visitor Centre is open everyday during the summer months. In the winter, information can be found at the Ranger post in the Village Hall
Village hall Cafe: this open for lunch every day in the summer season.
Next to the Village Hall, the Isle of Rum Shop and Post Office is small but very well stocked with a wide range of groceries including bread, veggies, dairy, meat, snacks, alcohol, toiletries, books and plenty of midge repellent. Rum shop also stocks a handy pocket-sized laminated fold-up map of the island ask in store for details. During Summer, Post Office opening hours are 1000-1200 on the Calmac ferry days and the shop is also open most evenings 1700 - 1900. Please see noticeboards for up-to-date opening times.The shop now has chip and PIN and can offer a cashback service. The Post Office also has a facilitly for withdrawing cash.
Bike hire is available on the island from Fliss and Sandy via the Craft Shop or Ivy Cottage Guest House.
Both day and half day hire is available
See www.rumbikehire.co.uk for more details or email Fliss
There are two public payphones on Rum. One is located in the Kinloch Castle Hostel bootroom and the other is on the shore road by the Craft Shop - in the red phone box.
There is limited mobile phone reception on Rum but connection is often possible in front Kinloch Castle or by the Village Hall. There are some areas out of the village where a signal is received such as up on the hilltops - but this is not reliable.
There is a coin-operated computer with internet access is available at the Village Hall.
There are two public toilets at the village campsite which is a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There are also toilets in the Village Hall which is a 25 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There is also a composting toilet at the ferry terminal.
In summer the village campsite has two hot showers. If you are not staying over at the campsite, you may still have a shower as a day visitor. Showers for day visitors are £1.50 per person and please limit your shower to 5 minutes. The honesty box can be found on the side of the shower block.
There are fresh water taps at the village campsite and also one on the Old Pier. You can also fill your water bottle at the Village Hall where there is another outdoor tap. Drinking water on Rum is chlorinated and is sourced at Coire Dubh - the same water source as the hyrdo-electric sheme that powers the whole village.
Rubbish and recycling
There are limited rubbish and recycling facilities on Rum so please try to limit the amount you create or take your rubbish away with you. Please try to compost as much as you can and burn any paper or cardboard if practical and safe to do so.
There are big skips at the ferry terminal where you can put your rubbish - one for Glass Recycling, one for Metal Recycling and one for General Rubbish. Plastic bottles can now be recycled and go in the skip with the metal tins.
Glass and Metal Recycling wheelie bins can also be found at the Village Hall and a Battery Recycling Point is located in the Village Hall foyer.