Plenty, reckons Wilson Malone of Sailaway Scotland Yacht Charter, who took a couple of days out sailing in October 2015 to explore some rarely visited Clyde anchorages, enjoying a very close encounter with some basking sharks on the way home…
Winding down after a busy charter season, three of us enjoyed a much anticipated cruise on Calico Moon, the latest addition to our fleet. My crew for the trip – Robert and Andrew – are both experienced sailors, but neither had explored some of the Clyde’s less visited anchorages, so we took advantage of some great autumn weather to do just that.
Elaine Malone of Sailaway Scotland Yacht Charter describes a week’s cruise that was inspired by our charterers!
One of the best things about running a yacht charter company is hearing the enthusiastic feedback from crews on their return. They are brimming with tales of idyllic anchorages, deserted beaches, stunning wildlife and golden sunsets. These sunsets seemed often to be enjoyed while relaxing in the cockpit, accompanied by a wee dram – a Scottish malt whisky. In fact we started to realise that interest in the water of life or uisge beatha was leading many charterers to plan their cruises around some of Scotland’s most iconic distilleries, visiting as many as 5 in one week! We liked the idea so much that we decided to try this for ourselves - we called it the Whisky Galore Cruise.
Arran is known as Scotland in Miniature and it is no wonder with its rugged peaks, castles, stunning shoreline and iconic wildlife. On any sail along the West Coast of Scotland, a stop on Arran is a must.