Booking for day boats via Pontoon Manager, Mark Millward 07557378953
Advance booking for yachts is not available but is on a first come first serve basis. It has not been full yet! Availability can be discussed with the pontoon manager by mobile phone 07557378953 or VHF radio, channel 12; call sign Ulva Ferry Pontoon.
In 2011 Ulva School Community Association (USCA) was formed as part of a successful campaign to save Ulva Primary School from closure. USCA requested support from Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) to help prepare a community development plan and identify projects to strengthen the local community. MICT and USCA obtained funding from Highlands & Islands Enterprise to employ a local development officer, who then carried out the community consultation. One of the priority projects identified in the plan was a waterside development to support tourism and stimulate local employment.
In 2013 MICT secured funding from the Coastal Communities Fund for a pontoon facility at Ulva Ferry. This community-run facility, employing local people, was opened in August 2016. MICT employs the local development officer, pontoon manager and assistants, and will take on the long-term responsibilities of the projects.
In support of USCA, MICT has also introduced a successful community transport scheme and has constructed two eco-friendly affordable homes for rental.
Our pontoon was installed in July 2016 and provides berthing for up to 8 visiting boats. Fingers are 12m, 11m and 10m, allowing berthing for up to 16m vessels in the outer berths. The pontoon has good depth at the outer berths, 4-5.5m. Mid berths, there is a depth of 3-4m. There is less depth at the inner finger restricting use to tenders and day boats (1.5)
The main approach to the pontoon is via the south entrance to the Sound of Ulva. At LWMS there are depths of<2m in places. Use normal caution and local tide tables, charts and pilot guides. Grid reference: Latitude: 56.481821 Longitude: - 6.1498708
Ulva Ferry Pontoon Charges 2022
Pontoon fees should be paid in cash or by credit/debit card to the Pontoon Manager or left in the honesty box on the pontoon with the name of the boat clearly marked in the small envelope provided. (PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO MULL AND IONA COMMUNITY TRUST)
Short Stay Charges - per metre (VAT Incl)Under 4.5m
Up to 1hr - £2.00
Up to 4hrs - £4.00
Up to 1hr £3.00
Up to 4hrs £6.00
Overnight Charges - per metre (VAT Incl)Yachts
£2.40 (incl. free WiFi)
Non Commercial 4.5m > 6m
£1.50 or £45 p/wk
Non Commercial < 4.5m
£1.00 or £25 p/wk
Commercial Vessels - per annum (PLUS VAT)Frequent users (up to 12 pax)
Frequent users (over 12 pax)
Overwintering - 1st October to 31st March (VAT Incl)This service is only available for boats which can be removed by owners at short notice in the event of severe weather.
Between 7 - 14m
Electricity and water hookups are included in the berthing fees. We now offer WiFi across the pontoon, which is available for a £5 charge for short-stay customers and is free for overnight stays.
The landing stage is used by tour boats from approx. 9.30am until approx. 6pm during the season. Please ensure that this is not used for berthing during these hours.
Marine gasoil (red diesel) is available from the fuel berth of the pontoon and can be paid for in cash or by debit/credit card. We can supply to commercial customers at the rebated duty rate and also for private and pleasure craft on a 60/40 split. Please contact the pontoon manager to purchase fuel. Note that to comply with HMRC regulations we require customers to sign a declaration regarding the duty.
If the pontoon is full, there are anchorages in the vicinity – see charts and pilots for details. Please keep clear of, and do not obstruct the channel. Please be aware of the ferry crossing.
We now offer WiFi across the pontoon, which is available for a £5 charge for short-stay customers and is free for overnight stays.
The nearby Boathouse Restaurant on the island of Ulva is closed for the 2020 season
The Ballgown Restaurant 2 miles North of Ulva Ferry is open in the evening from 5.30pm for lovely home cooked meals and has WI-FI. and take-aways and home-made bread by arrangement, Transport can be arranged via the Ulva Ferry Community Transport Scheme - see below for details
01688 500 113 or 077480046289
Until phase 2 is developed., there are no showers at the pontoon although showers may be available in the local community - ask pontoon manager for details:
Isle of Ulva B&B 01688 500 278
Kilbrennan Farm B&B 01688 500 158 www.kilbrennan.co.uk
There are no shops at Ulva Ferry.
Dervaig Stores 01688 400 208 (delivers on Wednesdays)
Salen Spar 01680 300 472 (no deliveries)
From time to time locally made bread, eggs etc are available from the pontoon office, or Ballygown Restaurant will bake bread to order and provide takeaways
Ulva Ferry Community Transport – There is a request scheduled service between Salen (connecting with bus to Tobermory and Craignure for ferry to Oban) and Calgary (connections to Dervaig and Tobermory) on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Booking by 4pm the day before travel. The Bus is also available to Pontoon visitors at all other times for local trips. The Bus has a space for a wheelchair and a passenger lift for those with mobility issues. In addition we have an all electric car which can be booked for local trips.
07775531301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Rules – Please keep speed and wash to a minimum through the Sound of Ulva
Booking for day boats via Pontoon Manager, Mark Millward 07557378953"
Booking for yachts is not available at this stage but availability can be discussed with the pontoon manager by mobile phone or VHF radio, channel 12; call sign Ulva Ferry Pontoon). If the weather conditions become extreme, boats to be taken off the pontoons.
The pontoon manager or assistant are usually available between 8.30-11am and 4-7pm. If not present and you need assistance, contact
Mark 07557378953 email@example.com or Cally 07795 177571 firstname.lastname@example.org