Enjoy exploring Scotland’s fantastic coast whilst sailing with us. Amongst our popular destinations are the islands Arran, Sanda, Rathlin, Mull, Iona, Islay, Jura Barra, Skye, the Kintyre peninsula, the Caledonian Channel and more! Between these islands lie the many sounds and lochs which become our playgrounds.
The inner and outer Hebrides and the Orkney Islands on the west coast of Scotland belong to the world’s most beautiful sailing areas. Sailing here is both extremely interesting and demanding due to the interaction of waves, tides and currents.
Departing from some sleepy harbours and secluded anchorages, adventurous boaters will be able to climb small summits, explore the underwater world or visit various historical spots…not to mention spotting sea lions, seals and various seabirds!
The summer in Scotland is generally much better than its reputation leads you to believe! The weather can be changeable and we will plan our trip accordingly. What to do when the weather is bad in Scotland? Wait ten minutes! Or visit some Single Malt Whisky distilleries…
Here you can sail in protected sounds and lochs with many good anchorages which the crew can pick from when deciding where to stop for the night. We usually sail anywhere between 200 to 300 nautical miles in 10 days, and the crew and the weather team up to dictate our route.
Example destinations are the islands of Mull, located in our breathtaking sailing region, where we can visit the colourful habour front at the village of Tobermory, the island of Arran with Loch Ranza, a distillery, a restored castle and very friendly wild deer. When the tidal flow is in our favour we can visit the island of Bute which is in a protected sound. Often we sail from Upper Loch Fine up to Inveraray, where we can visit the castle of Campells and the Highland games which give an insight into the mentality of the Scots as well as being a lot of fun. Crossing the historic Crinan Canals which lead across the Kintyre peninsula is a particularly great experience, and the self service locks found there are enjoyed by the crews. A visit to a whiskey distillery is not to be missed on any Scotland trip and we find the world’s best single malts on Islay Island. Distilleries Ardbeg, Lagavulin or Bunahabbain can be reached in the dinghies directly from the mooring, and it is said that the “liquid sunshine” or “water of life”, as the Scots call their whiskey, has a taste which is said to mimic the location where it is mature (mostly for 12 years or more!). If the tides and wind conditions allow it we can anchor in the Bagh Gleann Nam Muc on the island of Jura and sail through the “Gulf of Corryvreckan” – with up to 8 knots of tidal current, one of the most exciting waters of Great Britain! Near an anchorage on the abandoned Garvellachs are the alluring historical Celtic settlements, whose cult sites also include where the showdown in the novel the “Celtic Ring” was set. We recommend reading of the novel by Björn Larson to put you in the right mood for Scotland cruises. Other interesting destinations include Campbeltown, East Loch Tarbert, Sanda Island.
Read about our trip through the Caledonian Canal here and our summer sailing in Scotland 2017 here.
Edinburgh, Oban and Glasgow are all easily accessible. Edinburgh and Glasgow have frequent flights arriving by many airlines (including Ryanair and easyJet), and Glasgow to Oban takes approximately 3 hours by train from ScotRail or by bus from National Express. Crew changes in Glasgow will usually be at Troon which is right next to the station and 10minues from Glasgow prestwick airport.
Please get in touch if we can help with any travel arrangements and are happy to assist you in finding the right flight.