Thursday 18 April 2024



RAYMARINE will be at the Yacht Centre on Monday 29th April as part of their 2024 Roadshow.  They will have all of their latest products onboard, including their recently launched Alpha performance displays.   Raymarine experts will be on hand to answer any queries you may have about repairing or replacing your marine electronics and to share their expert advice on configuring your existing systems.
The current spring trade-in promotion on offer from Raymarine will still be available to take advantage of on the day.


The RNLI Water Safety Officer will be hosting a lifejacket clinic, showing you how to check your lifejackets to ensure they are fit for purpose as well as advising on all water safety matters.
RNLI merchandise and fundraising volunteers will be here to help promote this invaluable service.
Barrus are one of our trade suppliers and will be here at our open day to demonstrate and showcase the Whisper Power range of marine electrical technology, including the latest generators and battery charging systems. They will also be available to give advice on the other products they supply.

Polly's Coffee Stop will be offering refreshments throughout the day.

Friday 23 February 2024


 Travel Update

Following on from major disruptions to our local road network over winter, we can confirm that access to Ardfern Yacht Centre is again possible from both Oban and Lochgilphead directions. Approaching on the A816 from Lochgilphead, there is a convoy system in operation on a new temporary road, bypassing the short section of road that remains closed whilst they continue work on clearing and stabilising the hillside affected by the landslip. The convoy system operates 24/7 and does not add any significant delay to your journey. The A816 between Ardfern and Oban to the north is fully open.

Friday 20 October 2023



AS many of you will already be aware, Argyll like many other areas of Scotland has been hit by some torrential rainfall in recent weeks.

The result of this has unfortunately caused some major road closures in the Ardfern area and as such is causing a great deal of disruption to the business and local community.

Kilmelford road closure diversion
The diversion route via Loch Avich and Taynuilt.

At this current time the A816 is closed south of Ardfern due to a large landslide and north of Ardfern at Kilmelford, due to the failure of the main road bridge in the village, which has now had to be demolished.

Argyll and Bute Council state that ‘work on the bridge in Kilmelford is progressing well and a temporary structure should be in place within a matter of days.’

In the meantime, the recommended diversion route is via the C29 Loch Avich road and B845 Taynuilt road, however it should be noted that this route is very narrow in places, unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles and can easily get congested.

Once the Kilmelford Bridge is passable, the recommended diversion route to and from Ardfern will be via the A816 from Oban.

Surveying work has begun on the Bealach landslip on the A816 between Ardfern and Lochgilphead, with the Council planning to make a temporary alternative road via an existing forestry track, in order to effectively bypass the section of road affected by the landslip, which they estimate will take approximately 4 weeks to put in place. However, works can only start, once land agreements and various other technical matters have been completed. Ideally the council are then looking to start this work in parallel with stabilising the hillside and removing the material that has been washed down the Bealach, with the aim being to repair and reopen the original road once this is completed.  

Ardfern Landslide
Landslide at the Bealach.

We would suggest that any customers visiting their boats in the coming weeks are aware of the road conditions at the time of travelling and plan and re-route journeys accordingly by checking for updates with Traffic Scotland at and on the Argyll and Bute Council website at



During this period of disruption, due to the difficulties for staff travelling in and out of Ardfern, we may have to close the chandlery on some Sundays, the first one being this Sunday 22nd October. However, rest assured that boats and the yard will be checked during the day.

In between the challenging weather conditions, James and the workshop team are progressing well in getting boats ashore for the winter, along with getting winter maintenance jobs well under way.

As always we thank you for your patience with these trying matters and hope you have had an enjoyable 2023 boating season with us at Ardfern.


Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.

Thursday 23 March 2023


Raymarine Roadshow 2023

Thursday 27th April, 10am-4pm.
Save the Date: The Raymarine Roadshow 2023 will be at Ardfern Yacht Centre on Thursday 27th April 2023  between 10am and 4pm. This is a great opportunity to view the latest Raymarine products as well as chat to Raymarine technical consultants on any issue to do with Raymarine products on your boat, whether it's an existing installation or a planned upgrade in the near future. 
Also here that day will be representatives from the RNLI to provide information and advice relating to all aspects of staying safe on the water. You can get lifejackets and safety gear checked over, discuss safety issues with the RNLI Water Safety Officer and help support this invaluable service for sailors by purchasing  merchandise or making a charitable donation.

More updates and information about the Roadshow will be available over the coming weeks - follow our social media content on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with our news.

Thursday 15 September 2022

Ardfern Yacht Centre will be closed on Monday 19th September.

 Ardfern Yacht Centre will be closed on Monday 19th September

Following the announcement that Her Majesty the Queen's State Funeral will be taking place on Monday 19th September, as a mark of respect, our marina office and chandlery will close at 10:00am for the rest of the day, while the workshop will be closed all day.

We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 20th September.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Wednesday 13 April 2022



Ardfern Yacht Centre
New Facilities Block at Ardfern Yacht Centre

The all-new customer facilities block at Ardfern, which includes new toilets, showers and laundry facilities will open on Thursday 14th April in time for the Easter weekend.

Along with cosmetic and heating improvements, the new much improved modern facility sees larger and extra showers in both washrooms, together with separate staff facilities, while in the larger laundry there is a new drying and washing machine now in place. The ice machine will also be located in the laundry and will be returning following a major refurbishment shortly after Easter.

Improved washrooms see additional showers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our all-local building and plumbing team, Aidan Gregory and Alex Samborek, along with all their staff and contractors, who have provided an excellent service to Ardfern over the winter months in tackling the project, often in the worst of Argyll’s weather, and for completing the build in such a timely manner so that it is ready for Easter.

Entry to the new building is now by access code, with permanent customers and visiting yacht crews able to obtain the current code from the chandlery staff on arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Ardfern this spring and summer and hope you enjoy using our new facilities.

Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.

Ardfern Yacht Centre Showers
New larger shower cubicles

Monday 27 September 2021



At long last we will be making a start to our new toilet, shower and laundry facilities block this week.

With this in mind we now have a temporary Portakabin providing toilet and shower facilities located next to the workshop for staff and customers to use. Unfortunately during the demolition of the old facilities block and building of the new block we will be unable to offer laundry facilities due to space restrictions.

The old block has now been cleared out and locked and it will be fenced off this week in order for the demolition of parts of the old building to take place and to allow the footings to be dug out for the extension. This will also mean that car parking in front of the chandlery area will be very limited to allow space for skips and building equipment etc.

We apologise for the disruption over the next few winter and early spring months while the works take place and thank you all for your patience and understanding while the build is underway.

However, we do look forward to bringing you all a much improved more modern facility at Ardfern for the summer 2022 season.

Andrew and Joanna Ashton.