yacht and sailing area west coast of scotland

Plan your cruise
There are enough bays, lochs, islands, harbours and anchorages here for a yacht to happily cruise for a month or more, and still not experience all that the Clyde has to offer.

Here are a few suggestions for some shorter cruises!
2 or 3 day cruise
5 or 6 day cruise
7 Day Cruise
7 or 10 day cruise


Cruising Area

Sailaway - and our yachts - are based at Largs Yacht Haven on the firth of Clyde.

Largs is a pretty seaside town with a sheltered marina which has easy access to a range of local shops, supermarkets, restaurants etc.

The Clyde offers some of the best sailing on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, with the islands of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran each just a short sail away. Standing proud over the Clyde is the island of Arran – known as Scotland in miniature. Arran has a host of attractions for the cruising sailor, with great anchorages (including the famous natural harbour of Lamlash Bay), visitor moorings, fantastic walking & climbing and even its own distillery and brewery. Like other inhabited Clyde islands it has a great local bus service for those who'd like to explore further ashore; and regular ferry connections to help make crew changes easy.

Yachts can always find shelter in the many marinas and harbours – over a dozen on the Clyde alone at the last count - which offer convenient pontoon or alongside berthing and easy access to shoreside comforts after a hard day's  sailing. Harbours like Tarbert – still a working fishing village and with a great range of bars and restaurants serving freshly landed seafood; Rothesay – a Victorian holiday resort on the lovely island of Bute; and Campbeltown – on its own famous loch and fittingly home to Spingbank malt whisky, one of Scotland's oldest. All of these harbours and more are well worth a visit- and not only to sample the local produce....

For those who prefer a bit more solitude, there are many secluded bays -  whether in the picturesque Kyles of Bute, on stunning Loch Fyne, or further down the Mull of Kintyre at Carradale - where a yacht can lie to her own anchor. There are also many more anchorages at which there are visitor moorings already laid and available for your use. For a few of those moorings an overnight fee is charged; but many more of the moorings are provided free by local pubs & hotels, on the understanding that the yacht's crew may want to spend some time ashore in their bar or restaurant. A fair exchange and not a great hardship!

And although these fantastic sailing waters are so uncrowded and unspoilt -  the whole area is very accessible and compact. All of the islands, harbours and anchorages described above can weather permitting be reached in a day's sail from Largs in one of our yachts.  

We may be biased – but in our opinion this cruising area compares well with any other, whether in Britain or beyond. Generally well sheltered, unspoilt, uncrowded, teeming with wildlife and surrounded by outstanding scenery that others can only envy. To

Just beyond the Clyde, whether by the short-cut through the beautiful and scenic Crinan Canal or by passage around the Mull of Kintyre, more adventurous crews can  access the equally beautiful sailing waters around the hebridean islands of Jura, Islay, Gigha, Mull....  and many more beyond. These more open waters offer fantastic sailing too, but the navigation can at times be more challenging than in the Clyde area. Therefore we require charterers wishing to voyage through the Crinan Canal and/or to venture South or West of the Clyde area, to have a higher level of experience & qualifications and to leave a larger security deposit with us.

In addition to our main Largs base, we can occasionally offer yachts for charter out of Crinan or Craobh marina or for one-way charters between Largs & Craobh/Crinan – please check with us for availability.

If you are interested in a Scottish Tour please visit Slainte Scotland Tours. They offer great tour experiences which include Whisky tours, Scottish Highland tours and shore excursions.

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