• authentic, wild – romantic natural landscapes
• enchanting world of islands with dreamlike anchor bays
• charming coastal towns with a large number of whiskey distilleries
• mild Gulf Stream climate
• steady winds, predominantly from NW; frequent weather changes
The west coast of Scotland is just wonderful for a sailing discovery tour. The area surprises with a unique authentic and rough nature and lonely anchor bays, and a smell of malty whiskey may occasionally lay over some of the dreamy coastal towns on your way. This is an ideal place for individualists, explorers and adventurers.
When sailing along the west coast of Scotland, you should be prepared for changing currents and weather conditions. “Four seasons in one day” is how the Scots characterize their climate. You will be compensated by the many dreamy harbors and bays – with free anchoring in most cases. Anchoring is in most cases. Occasionally, there is a charge for buoys. Marinas are rare in this rough area. It may be worthwhile visiting one of the many whiskey distilleries.
The yacht charter base Oban is suitable as a starting point for sailing the inner and outer hybrids. Of the approximately 500 islands of the group, only about 80 are populated. Otherwise pure nature! However, winds and currents require an experienced crew and flexible route planning.
The yacht charter base Largs is located in the midst of a spectacular landscape and is particularly suited as a starting point for sailing the “Firth of Slyde” or crossing to Ireland. Explore the idyllic harbor of Millport and visit Europe’s smallest cathedral on the Isle of Cumbrae. Sail along the breathtaking coastline of the Kyles of Bute. From there you can reach the fishing port of Loch Fyne in Tarbert, the starting point for the famous “Scottish Series” regatta week with over 250 participating yachts. The marina offers enough space for flotillas.
Due to the impact of the Gulf Stream, the climate on the west coast is surprisingly mild. There is always sufficient wind, during springtime predominantly from the north-wes.. Strong winds are most common on the Hebrides. The weather forecasts should be monitored regularly. HM Coast Gard broadcasts the predictions on channel 16 morning and evening.
Best flight connections to Glasgow. From there approx. 2 hours drive to Oban and approx. 50 minutes to Largs.