Roscoff marina is fairly new and what an amazing job they have done. Wide pontoons, non-tidal, great facilities and ideally located towards the West of Brittany. It is a ferry port, and many people drive through Roscoff, but the town is lovely and well worth a visit. Good places to eat, lots to see and an amazing day visit to Ile to Batz if you wish.
Train, car ferry and car rental are all available in Roscoff.
I took the above photo in June 2016 and the marina is well finished with all facilities provided. Note the large single ramp up to the marina office, shops and restaurants. The square metal structure that is partly hiding the lifeboat is a lift to the pontoon. The grey structure to the right of the photo is a toilet block on the large and very long pontoon.
There are 625 berths with 45 for visitors. The largest fingers are on A pontoon as you enter the marina. The marina’s minimum depth is 4m, regardless of tide. There is a tidal flow along the top of the pontoons. You should be aware of this, especially if you moor on some of the fingers at the end. It does not effect most of the marina fingers.
Before you enter the outer harbour, watch for the red light at the end of the breakwater as there may be commercial traffic.
All the staff are very helpful and speak good english. A person in a blue Rib will meet you as you arrive. You can announce your arrival on VHF channel 9
There is an old town which is very pleasant and there is a shuttle bus that can take you there but only in July and August. Otherwise it is a 15 minute walk. Watch for the green signs that take a quieter route to the old town.
Useful information – www.plaisancebaiedemorlaix.com…
Ile de Batz is well worth a visit if you have time. There are regular ferries every day and every 30mins in the peak months. At low tide, they are accessed from the interesting and impressive foot bridge
Navigation to Roscoff is straightforward. From the west, you can pass between the Ile de Batz and Roscoff at half tide and above. If you go around the outside (to the north), beware of overfalls which extend a good couple of miles north of Ile de Batz.
From the North and East, the passage is well marked. Head for the ferry port, watch out for the red light on the end of the breakwater which means the ferry or commercial shipping is entering or departing. This may hold you up for a good 15mins or so.
Enter the marina through the north entrance, not the south.
The toilets and showers are to the left of the marina office. They are modern and good, a similar layout to Saint Cast. The showers are free and do not require a jeton. There are the same facilities available upstairs and they may be a bit quieter during the busy season. You are given a paper swipe card on arrival which provides you with access to the facilities including the toilets on the pontoon.
Wifi is free and you just login and answer a couple of questions. You do not need a special code however it only lasts for 60 mins before renewal.
Fueling is available. You put in your credit card and authorise Euro 300 and then you can have up to Euros 298 of fuel. If you need more fuel, you have to replace the nozzle and start the process again. It only charges you what you use, but your card may think the full Euro 300 has been reserved for a couple of days until the payment is processed.
Great video www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuaMsN…
You need to go to the following page and there is a contact form
Good response to email using the contact form in good English
Information of hotels and restaurants
There are lots of good restaurants in the old town. Well worth the walk and a visit. Interesting information plaques on some buildings with an English translation.
The marina does have a range of facilities including a shop and a couple of restaurants / cafes. We ate at the one on the left and it was fine. The shops etc at the marina do not open early in June – probably around 9am. There is a sign which indicates you may be able to pre order croissants etc for delivery the following morning.
There is an exotic garden only 5 mins walk from the marina which is very pleasant.
Trains – uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/#/
Tourist Office – www.roscoff-tourisme.com/en/
Market day is Wednesday
Restaurants – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant…
Remember, only go through the Ile de Batz passage when it is above half tide.
Video – www.facebook.com/PlaisanceBaie…
Roscoff – see www.vision-environnement.com/l…