Yacht charter in Scotland
The west coast of Scotland is praised by sailors as a destination of fantastic beauty. They love this area for its authentic, rough nature, the secluded anchor bays and the sleepy coastal villages, some of them under a steady gentle smell of malt whisky. For individualistic sailors, explorers and adventurers, this is the place to go on a yacht charter holiday.
When sailing along the west coast of Scotland, you should be prepared to encounter changing currents and weather conditions. "Four seasons in one day" , is how the Scots characterize their climate. However, the many idyllic harbors and bays with free anchorage will fully compensate you for any weather challenges. Marinas are rare in this rugged area. There are a few places with laid out toll buoys. Once on land, you shouldn’t miss to visit one or more whisky distilleries.
The yacht charter base in Oban is an ideal starting point for a sailing tour to the Inner- and Outer- Hebrides. The whole Hebrides group is made up of around 500 islands, but only 80 out of them are populated, some of them quite sparsely. The rest is pure nature! But still, winds and currents require an experienced crew and flexible route planning..
The yacht charter base in Largs, located in the midst of a spectacular scenery, is the best starting point for a sailing tour through the "Firth of Slyde" or the passage to Ireland. On your way, you may want to explore the picturesque harbor of Millport and visit Europe's smallest cathedral on the Isle of Cumbrae. And you may want to sail along the stunning coast of the Kyles of Bute, and from there to the fishing harbor Loch Fyne in Tarbert. This is the starting point for the famous "Scottish Series" regatta week with more than 250 participating yachts. The Marina offers enough space for flotillas.
WIND and weather
Due to the Gulf stream, the climate on the Scottish west coast is quite mild. There are steady winds through the whole year, during spring time from predominantly north-western directions. Strong winds are more frequent in the Hybrids than other where. The actual weather forecast should be monitored with care. HM Coast Gard sends out their forecast in the mornings and evenings through Channel 16.
End of May through September
How to get there
Flights to Glasgow. From there, 2 hours transfer to Oban or 50 Minuten to Largs.