Wednesday, 3 July 2019


Chandlery Administrator/Retail Assistant Required

Full Time or Part Time Considered

(Competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience)

We require an administrator/retail assistant to join our busy marina, boatyard and chandlery office near Lochgilphead in Mid Argyll.

The ideal candidate will have strong organisational skills, be numerically capable and computer literate with an eye for detail, as well as having excellent oral and written communication skills.

Reporting to the managing director and marina manager, this varied and ‘customer facing’ role will see the right candidate serving customers at the till, dealing with deliveries, booking in stock, answering phones, stocktaking, carrying out pontoon and mooring checks and recording electric meter readings, among other key office tasks.

Experience in retail or an interest in boating/water sports along with familiarity of Microsoft Office packages would be an advantage.

Some weekend working will be required for the role on a rota system.

Please apply in writing for an application form and full job description to Andrew Ashton, Managing Director, Ardfern Yacht Centre Ltd, Ardfern, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QN, or via email to before the closing date of Monday 22nd July. Interviews will be held at Ardfern w/c 5th August.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Now Delivering to Oban Marina

Chandlery Deliveries to Oban Marina

Oban Chandlery
Robin King of Oban Marina and Andrew Ashton of Ardfern Yacht Centre

We are pleased to be able to offer customers of Oban Marina access to our large range of chandlery stock when required. At just £3 per order delivery charge, we can get items up to the North Pier in Oban by 6pm from Monday to Friday, if orders are placed by 4pm. Thanks to Robin, Sam and the team at Oban Marina & Yacht Services for helping us to provide this service.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Pop-up food in Ardfern


Ardfern pop-up kitchen
Pop-up food in Ardfern

Permanent and visiting customers at Ardfern will be able to take advantage of a new ‘pop-up’ kitchen that will be coming to the yacht centre on some Friday evenings this summer. 
With the old Crafty Kitchen café in the village having now been demolished and a new building shortly to be under construction for the all-new ‘Craignish Cabin’, which is set to start trading in spring 2020, it is hoped the ‘pop up’ will help bridge the gap left by the temporary closure of the facility during 2019.
New operator and chef, Lucy Gladstone aims to serve fresh home-made local produce at the new restaurant, and will use the ‘pop-up’ to provide customers with a taster of what is to come at the ‘Craignish Cabin’.
“I will be cooking up the likes of pots of mussels with home-made sourdough bread, venison stew or seafood paella’s when we do the pop-up at the Yacht Centre this summer,” says Lucy, adding that she will focus on just one dish each evening.
The first ‘pop-up’ kitchen will be set up in front of the chandlery building on Friday 14th June with food available between 6pm and 8pm, and the one-pot dishes costing around £9.50/dish.
We look forward to welcoming Lucy to the Yacht Centre this summer to provide customers with some tasty hot food on some of the busy Friday evenings we see during the main season, and for the first event we will be providing a couple of glasses of wine each for AYC customers who have pre-booked meals beforehand.
The second ‘pop-up’ food event will take place on Friday 28th June, followed by events on Friday 12th July, Friday 9th August and Friday 23rd August. 

To pre-book meals please email up to two days before each event or speak to Bel in the accounts office to book a place.


In addition to the ‘pop-up’ at the Yacht Centre the ladies at the village shop will be setting up a ‘Car Park Café’ in the village shop car park on various dates through the season. The first of these evenings is set to take place on Saturday 25th May from 7.30pm, with ‘all you can eat’ pizza, salads and pudding priced at £15/head for adults and £7.50/head for children. Soft drinks will be available for sale on the night and customers are also welcome to BYO beer or wine.
Please contact the shop on 01852 500298 to make a booking or for further information on dietary needs etc and please note that payment on the evening is cash only. 

Spring 2019 Newsletter



West Coast Marina
Fraser McIver, James Hoad, Neil Donaldson

From the beginning of June we are very pleased to announce that Fraser McIver will take up the position of Marina Manager in the business, overseeing all marina, mooring and storage based activity at Ardfern including all bookings and boat movements. 
Replacing Fraser in the workshop is James Hoad who will become Assistant Workshop Manager from 1st June 2019, working alongside Workshop and Yard manager, Bob Fleck. 
At the same time Neil Donaldson, who has 25 years experience in the leisure marine industry, will take up the position of Chandlery Manager in the business when Guy Neville leaves the yacht centre in June.
Over the summer months Grant Lees will step down from his Marina Coordinator role to assist in the chandlery before leaving Ardfern in mid August to take up his place at university this autumn. Meanwhile, Rachael Fraser will again join the team in the chandlery over the summer period.
We look forward to working with Fraser, James and Neil in their new roles. All three have excellent skills, which make them a credit to the marine industry and we are very fortunate to have them working at Ardfern. We also thank Guy for his many years of service to the company and wish him well for the future, along with wishing Grant every success on his new Naval Architecture course.


With three new fibre broadband lines to the business and six antennas now in operation around the pontoons, the new WIFI network is now up and running and connectivity has been much improved, with much better signal and speed strengths than the previous system.


Now the new office extension to the side of the chandlery building is nearing completion, in what has been the first phase of our building projects for 2019 at Ardfern, the temporary portakabin office in the car park will be imminently removed to free-up more car parking spaces again. 
The building works to improve the shower and toilet block facilities are set to take place over the winter of 2019/2020. 

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Round Mull Race 2019

Round Mull Race 2019 Open For Entries

Boats Under Spinnaker
Round Mull Race Under Spinnaker
Oban Sailing Club has invited entries for this years Round Mull Race which takes place over the weekend of Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June.   Entry forms can be downloaded using the following link RMR 2019 Entry Form

Oban Sailing Club Race Announcement
Round Mull Race 2019 Announcement

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Hours


The chandlery will be open on Christmas Eve for any last minute purchases, opening again on the 27th through to New Year.   Our opening times for the festive period can be seen below.

Ardfern Festive Opening Times
Ardfern Yacht Centre Festive Opening Times

Workshop Holidays

The workshop will be closing for the Christmas break on Friday 21st December, and will be open again on Monday 7th January.   We will be checking all boats are secure before the holidays, and staff will be in making sure everything is safe over the festive period.

The staff at Ardfern Yacht Centre would like to wish all of our customers a Happy Christmas, and New Year.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Crinan Canal - Restricted Lock in Times

Restrictions of sea locks operation to high tide 

Due to the continuing dry weather and its impact on reservoir levels Scottish Canals are now further restricting the operation of the sea locks to within one hour either side of high tide. In addition passage of the Crinan Canal is now only offered to vessels with a draught of 1.8m and below.


Scottish Canals have said that the restriction will be in place for the next seven days and will help to preserve the depleting water levels, delaying closure of the canal at this time.
'This is a final measure following earlier restrictions which were put in place due to the continued dry weather.'
Scottish Canals are continuing to monitor the long term forecast and the effects of these restrictions on the water levels. Plans are being put in place should water levels deplete beyond acceptable levels and an update will be provided next week.

The policy of a minimum of two boats per lock in continues to be implemented for water conservation; this may cause delays of up to and over one hour.   Scottish Canals would appreciate your understanding and patience as they seek to take all steps possible to keep boats moving on the canal.


Further information is available at Scottish Canals which is  updated regularly.