Scotland is repeatedly placed at the top of travel guides and list articles as the most beautiful country in the World, beating Iceland, New Zealand, Italy, and Canada. Scotland’s rugged landscape and beautiful coast has a wildness that captures and inspires the hearts of millions of people around the World and we think sailing a yacht around the coast is one of the best ways to explore the country. This guide will cover three of the most stunning locations to sail in Scotland this summer!
Scotland’s coast is jagged and irregular, making it a joy to sail around and explore. From the water, you can get a better idea of the geography of the coast and the land beyond it; the view from the water offers a perspective that you just can’t find on land. This is perfectly illustrated when sailing around the Mull of Kintyre, the ideal way to start your sailing holiday when you pick up one of our yachts from Largs.
The Mull of Kintyre
The Kintyre peninsula is a large peninsula stretching along the southwest coast of Scotland. When you sail around it, you can enjoy views of parts of the Scottish coast in two or three directions. From the Mull of Kintyre, if you look westwards on a clear day, you’ll even see Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. It’s pretty incredible to be able to see and admire the Scottish and Irish coastlines at the same time!
Easily visible from our base at Largs, and well worth a visit, the Isle of Arran is the largest island on the Firth of Clyde. Arran’s coastline is beautiful and we would recommend taking a sail around at least part of the island before mooring up and exploring on foot. Arran looks and feels as though it’s part of the Hebrides, but the Kintyre Peninsula cuts it off from the rest of this island chain.
Isle of Arran
Arran sometimes referred to as ‘Scotland in miniature’ is a fascinating place to visit, with an interesting mix of low and high-level terrain, wild landscapes and pretty villages. Its recorded history reaches back as far as the Neolithic era and Arran’s rock formations have interested geologists for decades. A dinosaur footprint has even been found on the island!
Arran’s natural beauty never ceases to impress. The hills, mountains, forests, lochs, beaches, and rivers all combine to ensure that Arran offers the complete package and its scenery is truly stunning.
The Kyles of Bute is the area of water between the north of Bute and the Cowal peninsula. This part of Scotland is one of the country’s National Scenic Areas and is protected from any developments or activities that could impact on its stunning natural beauty. The Kyles of Bute have been a huge tourist spot since the late 19th century when people would visit on a Clyde steamer from Glasgow.
The Kyles of Bute
Cruising the Kyles of Bute, you can expect to see some incredible scenery and wildlife, especially birdlife. Look out for oystercatchers, eider ducks, guillemots and herons — to name only a few. The Kyles of Bute are best seen from the water, sailing through the coastline and spotting things you’d never see by land.And if you decide to step onto dry land, you can enjoy a meal at one of the shoreside hotels or take a walk along part of the “West Island Way” on part of the western shore of East Kyle. You’ll never be short of things to see and do around here.
That’s all we have time for today. We hope we have inspired you to sail around Scotland this summer. Whether you visit Arran, the Kyles of Bute, or around the Mull of Kintyre, you’re bound to have an incredible time. If you’d like to organise your next Scottish sailing trip, take a few minutes to browse our fleet of yachts. We offer bareboat, corporate and skippered charters, so no matter what your level of experience, we’ll be able to offer a yachting experience tailored to your needs. If you have any questions about our yachts, hire rates, or any of the locations mentioned on this blog, please get in touch. Plan your next big Scottish adventure today!
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