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Mallaig and Sound of Sleat Archive

On this page you can view the images captured by the Mallaig and Sound of Sleat webcam 17 hours a day over the past 30 days.

Briefly, use the table of times and dates below to choose the point of interest. Press the play button under the image to play a time-lapse sequence of images from the current time until the end of the selected day.

The first of two webcams near Armadale at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This webcam looks south east from the college across the Sound of Sleet to the fishing and ferry port of Mallaig. The peaks of Sgurr an Eilein Ghiubhais and Sgurr Eireagoraidh are visible on the left. Mallaig is to the right but difficult to see except at night time. If you look out at the right time you might just catch sight the CalMac ferry leaving Mallaig for Armadale or the Small Isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck and Canna.

Step back button Play button Part play button Stop button Step forward button   Toggle captions button Latest image button

A picture is taken every 15 minutes between the hours of 05:00 and 22:00 UK local time (5am to 10pm). Outside of these hours there is nothing to see but blackness. Not just any blackness, but that special West Coast of Scotland blackness that, devoid of light pollution, is so black that light literally falls in to it. Click on the tables of times and dates to the left to jump directly to a hour. Please remember that you can only view pictures for today up to the current time!

Use the video recorder style buttons Forward button forward and Back button rewind buttons under the picture to step through the selected day 15 minutes at a time. Alternatively press the Play button play button to play a time-lapse sequence from morning until night.

The Last Thirty Days

The pictures below have been taken at 13:00 (1pm UK local time) on each of the past thirty days. Click on a picture to display a larger version of it above.

Thursday 16-Nov
Friday 17-Nov
Saturday 18-Nov
Sunday 19-Nov
Monday 20-Nov

Tuesday 21-Nov
Wednesday 22-Nov
Thursday 23-Nov
Friday 24-Nov
Saturday 25-Nov

Sunday 26-Nov
Monday 27-Nov
Tuesday 28-Nov
Wednesday 29-Nov
Thursday 30-Nov

Friday 01-Dec
Saturday 02-Dec
Sunday 03-Dec
Monday 04-Dec
Tuesday 05-Dec

Wednesday 06-Dec
Thursday 07-Dec
Friday 08-Dec
Saturday 09-Dec
Sunday 10-Dec

Monday 11-Dec
Tuesday 12-Dec
Wednesday 13-Dec
Thursday 14-Dec
Friday 15-Dec

More Information

This webcam is located on the Àrainn Chalum Chille campus of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College, approximately 3km (2 miles) north east of the Armadale ferry terminal.

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Satellite image showing the location of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College and approximate field of view of this webcam. Original image copyright 2006 MDA Earthsat
Satellite image showing the location of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College and approximate field of view of this webcam. Original image copyright 2006 MDA Earthsat

Click here to view a zoomable map of the area covered by the webcam courtesy of Multimap.

The Sound of Sleat used to be the main thoroughfare for coastal shipping to and from the Highland and Islands. Today commercial shipping has largely been displaced by pleasure and leisure craft, including the luxurious Hebridean Princess cruise ship (the former CalMac ferry MV "Columba").

These waters were used extensively by the Royal Navy for training during World War II and were protected at each end by an anti-submarine barriers controlled from a nearby requisitioned hunting lodge, now the Duisdale Country House Hotel. Today the barriers may be gone but Royal Navy surface vessels can still be seen on this webcam as they traverse the Sound on their way to the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) to the north west of the Skye Bridge. The submarines are much harder to spot, especially when submerged!

Acknowledgment

Thank you to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College for providing the infrastructure and view. A special thank you to Caoimhín and Dòmhnall for their assistance and enthusiasm.

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