Sailing

Discover why the West coast of Scotland has been described as one of the best cruising grounds in the world.

Scotland is home to some of the most magnificent scenery. It is easy to see why it has become a popular place to sail when you consider the shelter of hundreds of coastal islands, numerous interesting coves, sea lochs and of course the mountains which fringe the West's Coastline.

The Clyde

Once home to one of the biggest shipbuilding industries in the world, the Clyde offers fantastic opportunities for sailors looking to get a taste of what sailing in Scotland is all about. The shelter which the Clyde offers, coupled with it's relatively low tidal activity, means that many people come here to hone their sailing skills. In addition, the isles of Arran and Bute offer sailors the option to explore onshore if they are after hill-walking, scrambling, whisky tasting or indeed a tour around the famous Mount Stuart House.  

Argyll & Lochaber

The area stretching between the Mull of Kintyre to Loch Nevis offers some of the most classic and best known Scottish sailing routes. The isles of Jura and Islay, the Gulf of Corryvreckan, Oban, Tobermory, the Sound of Mull, Ardnamurchan Point, the Small Isles and much more including the South end of the Caledonian Canal.

Pic: Single Malt sailing in the Sound of Mull

Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the North West

The real wilds of Scotland. Basking Sharks, Puffin colonies, Dolphins, Otters, Seals - a multitude of Species. As well as the wildlife, some of the tallest and most dramatic mountain peaks are situated here which give a stunning backdrop to a spectacular sailing area. 

Orkney & Shetland

The Orkney and Shetland Isles are a particularly unique part of Scotland to explore given their historical and cultural richness. Standing stones, Brochs, chambered Cairns and many other ancient sites of scientific and historical interest can be found here as well as some extremely exciting sailing.

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