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The area of Lochaber stretches the breath-taking and unique southern coast of Highland, from Ballachulish up to Kinloch Hourn. The wide area covers a variety of opportunities for marine tourism lovers and extends to the islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.

A hub of both water-sports and wildlife, Lochaber has something for everyone - from paddleboaring and wreck diving to spotting basking sharks. The winds which blow the west coast make for some of the best windsurfing and sailing in Europe. Autumn and early winter are the best times for surfing and the coastline is appropriate for all levels of surfers.

For sailors, there are popular routes: Beginning rounding Ardnamurchan Point is most common -  soon the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Canna and Rum come into view, and then the even more dramatic skyline of the Cuillins on Skye begin to dominate the horizon.  Whilst en route to these areas from the south a diversion into Loch Moidart is well worthwhile, with another alternative being to take a mooring at the excellent and well equipped boat yard at Arisaig (a short distance to the north).  If conditions are settled it is also possible to anchor just north of Ardnamurchan in Sanna Bay.

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Sponges

Dercitus bucklandi, Stryphnus ponderosus, Axinella infundibuliformis,Pachymatisma johnstonia…