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Welcome to Am Bàta!

Welcome to the website of Am Bàta, the exciting traditional boat building project set up in Plockton in Ross-shire in North West Scotland, to celebrate Highland 2007. The project is teaching traditional boat building skills to young people at Plockton High School and to members of the community in evening classes and is now in its sixth year.  The project is  now actively looking for new sources of funding to continue developing Am Bata into the future.  We have now setup as a company limited by guarantee, and have a board of directors to take these plans forward. We are a membership organisation and need to have a healthy number of members to ensure the project remains strong- please consider becoming a member.  Watch the News section for regular updates on our progress with this.

In this site you will find a wealth of information about the traditional boats of the area - how they are built, how they were used in the past and how they continue to be used by the Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club. Have a look at the webcam in the boatshed, photographs covering the construction techniques and events and an online museum about the heritage surrounding traditional boats of the area. As the project progresses, this will be added to and include photographs, archives, audio clips and oral tradition about boats and boat use. See

Come back often and have a look at the latest developments.
Please become a Member of Am Bàta and help support traditional boat building, by contacting us for a membership form. Membership is free.

Featured news article: For Sale- restored Lake District boat 14’ long

This year’s team of boatbuilding students have been busy working on a lovely old 1920’s launch, which has a rebuilt Stuart Turner motor.  Several planks have been replaced, with new side benches, new bulkheads and decking being fitted too.  Contact us for more details; she is nearly ready to be re-launched and can be set-up to suit the buyer’s requirements.  Photos will be uploaded soon or contact us for them to be emailed directly to you.  Phone Jamie Kean on…
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Featured news article: Boat Repair Nightclasses

The popular Boat Repair Nightclasses are continuing during the summer term; we are running them on Thursdays at 7PM in the boatbuilding room at Plockton High School, with Mark Stockl as the instructor.  We must have at least 4 adults for the classes to run, and we can only fit a maximum of 6 in the workshop efficiently, so please phone us to check if there is still space.  The classes in repair and boatbuilding techniques will cost £10 per…
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