Boating in Scotland
Scotland is considered by many to home
to one of Europe’s most beautiful cruising grounds and
waterways. It is blesssed with a stunning scenery and a wide
variety of sailing areas that offer something for people of
all levels of experience.
Discover secret places with the local
knowledge of an experienced skipper; charter a sailing yacht or motor
yacht on a day trip or holiday and
see delights such as the Firth of
Clyde, Argyll’s attractive coast and
lochs, the Highlands of Scotland, the
charms of Orkney and Shetland and the
excellent facilities (marinas and
moorings) available on the East Coast. Scotland's sheltered seas and lochs
are an ideal place for novices to learn to sail dinghies with numerous sailing schools.
Most marinas have a slipway or can assist with launching, and there
are numerous slips around the coast and on inland lochs where boats
can also be launched.
If you prefer to explore more sheltered waters
or want to traverse Scotland’s interior quickly, there are more
delights to be found in the canals and
inland lochs - as well as sailing, boating and paddle sports you
can enjoy fishing, cycling, walking and other fun activities on
Scotland's inland waters.
On The Water Guide to Scotland
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The Scotland's stunning western coast stretches from Appin to
the Mull of Kintyre, from where the coast of Northern Ireland is
visible on a clear day. More...
The Firth of Forth is teaming with wildlife and it has some of
Scotland’s most beautiful harbours. More...
This spectacular coastline stretches 750 km from Duncansby Head
in the north to Fraserburgh in the east. More...
The large empty white-sand beaches, clear waters and big waves
around Orkney make for excellent sail cruising, windsurfing and
Although the most northerly islands in the UK, the Shetlands
enjoy the benefits of the Gulf Stream with warm summers and
sunshine up to 19 hours a day. More...
Loch Ness, the Calendonian Canal, the Isle of Skye are just a
few of the highlights -Wherever you visit in the Highlands, you’re
sure to have a magical experience. More...
Loch Lomond is the UK’s largest inland waterway and has over 30
islands, most of which are privately owned. More...
The Firth of Clyde Lomond is the UK’s largest inland waterway
and has over 30 islands, most of which are privately owned.
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