Sailing around the West Coast of Scotland is truly one of the highlights of UK sailing. The West Coast of Scotland is a gateway to some of the most varied and stunning stretches of water in the world, with cruising grounds consisting of around 200nm from north to south. It is no wonder that a third of all Scottish yachts are based in and around the Clyde. Scotland itself has more than 790 offshore islands, divided into three main groups: The Hebrides, the Orkneys and the Shetlands. However, only 94 of these offshore islands are populated, leaving the remainder in an endless state of natural beauty. Sailing grounds vary from more sheltered passages, such as in and around Oban, to more demanding and remote areas such as around the Outer Hebrides. The West Coast of Scotland offers sailing opportunities for all levels of sailors, so, what are you waiting for?
Here are 6 of the best reasons to sail around the West Coast of Scotland
- The huge variety of geology and topography.
From the dramatic mountains of Skye and Jura to the beautiful sandy beaches of Tiree and the Isle of Harris, the West Coast of Scotland truly has something for everyone. Scotland’s sea routes offer endless opportunities for those looking for a relaxing, tranquil beach vacation or an exciting mountain adventure.
- Breath-taking scenery
From stunning lochs to pristine white beaches and from historic ruins to rocky coves, the West Coast of Scotland’s cruising grounds are filled with some of the world’s most incredible natural beauty spots. It is no wonder people travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of it!
- The abundance of wildlife
The West of Scotland is home to an abundance of wildlife species. Whether you are lucky enough to experience whales breeching on the surface just meters away from your boat or eagles circling above and nesting upon rocky mountains, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you do not want to miss the rare and incredible variety of wildlife that the west coast offers.
- A wilderness adventure on your terms
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy daily life, look no further than a sailing trip to the West Coast of Scotland. Spend a week away from all forms of civilisation and make yourself at home in a deserted anchorage. Experience a true taste of escapism and unwind under a crystal-clear sky with nothing but the sound of the ocean and wildlife.
- The Whisky
You cannot take a trip to the West Coast of Scotland without testing the locally brewed whisky. Make time in your schedule to stop off at one of the many distilleries and trial the local whisky- there are literally 100’s to choose from! A number of distilleries can be reached from the water and many offer walking tours and free samples. Currently, Islay has the most distilleries with a total of nine.
- The Locals
Scotland have some of the friendliest people in the world. No matter which corner of the globe you have travelled from, the locals will always be up for a drink and a chat.