Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising: UK - Scotland


Status Summary

Highly Restricted. Most harbours and marinas closed. Ban on travel to all Scottish islands, except for residents.

Note: Easing of restrictions on boating proposed for England from 13th May do not apply in Scotland.

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25/05/20: CalMac ferries continue to be open only for essential supplies or business by those that live on the islands.

22/05/20: All Scottish Canals (including Caledonian & Crinan) remain closed to boat traffic until further notice (possibly until Phase 3).

However, unlike England and NI, land travel for leisure purposes remains highly restricted – with "advice to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles)". This could have a major impact on being able to access boats in Scotland.

The position on staying on board overnight is unclear, so should be checked before doing so. The current rules do not allow travel to second homes or caravans, so unless this changes then, as in England, this may be considered to apply equally to not staying overnight on board yachts.

22/05/20: Key harbours including Tobermory, Tarbert Loch Fyne and Dumfries & Galloway run pontoons are closed to all pleasure yachts, except as port of refuge in emergency. It is not yet clear whether these restrictions will be lifted when Phase 1 easing begins.

18/04/20: Dumfries and Galloway: The marina pontoons and any leisure operations within the Dumfries and Galloway Council operated harbours are closed by way of a Notice to Mariners. [Keith Armstrong-Clark, HLR SW Scotland]


Reviewed: 26/05/20

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