RNLI / Coastguard

The lifeboat is located in Mallaig, a working port on the west coast of Scotland. The lifeboat station has operated an all weather lifeboat for nearly 60 years and the crews have been presented with five awards for gallantry. 

The Severn class lifeboat was introduced in 1995 and shares the same hull shape as the Trent class. It carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane to enable rescues close to shore. Its propellers are protected so it can be grounded without damage.

Guidelines for keeping safe at the Coast

As you enjoy the natural environment there are dangers to be aware of especially while you spend time around the coastal waters.

Swimmers and all watersports enthusiasts should observe the advice of RNLI.

Please note that RNLI Lifeguard cover is NOT provided at ANY of our beaches on the Road to the Isles.

The RNLI provide the following advice:

• Know your beach safety 
• Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
• If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
• If you see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
• Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
• Check tide times before you go (see local West Word newspaper for tidal times) 
• Read and obey any local hazard signs

Tides & Currents

When on the beach be aware of the tide times, especially high tide as you might get caught off-guard unable to return the way you came and face the dangers of rocks, cliffs and strong underwater 'rip' currents.

During the warmer months of the year from Spring through until Autumn there are dangers from over-exposure to the sun resulting in sun-stroke, sunburn and long term risks of skin disease. Suitable sun protection creams should be used and when sunbathing be aware of the added risks of dehydration. Extra care is required for babies and small children. 

For more information visit 




The Road to the Isles

Road to The Isles
Mallaig · Inverness-shire · 

Email: [email protected]

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