Sailing Area — West Coast of Scotland

We really are lucky to be based in Largs Yacht Haven, on the Firth of Clyde. If you charter a vessel from our fleet of yachts, you will be completely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing where to go. The West Coast of Scotland is an amazing place to sail; it offers a huge variety of interesting passages, islands, and destinations and there is usually a good breeze every day to help you along. Sailing on the West coast of Scotland is the dream holiday, whatever the season.

The sheltered waters of the Clyde are right on our doorstep with quiet anchorages, busy towns, and fishing villages and modern marinas all within easy reach.


The awe-inspiring scenery of the Kyles of Bute, the majestic peaks of the Isle of Arran, and the old-world charm of the seaside resorts of Millport and Rothesay can all be visited on a day sail from Largs. The only problem is choosing where you will go first. With numerous islands, towns and bays to visit, plenty of wildlife to spot and the lure of distilleries and local pubs to frequent of an evening, you could easily spend a week or two just dotting around the Clyde without ever getting bored. There are also enough islands and picturesque seaside towns close to Largs to allow for one- and two-day corporate activities.

Sailing Around the Mull of Kintyre or the Hebridean Islands

For, the more adventurous, or those with more time on their hands, why not consider sailing around the Mull of Kintyre or cutting the corner through the Crinan canal to access the joys of the Hebridean islands and beyond. The scenery and seascapes are spectacular and the wildlife is abundant. For whisky & gin aficionados, the Hebrides are peppered with interesting stops. You could probably visit a different distillery every day if you really wanted to!

Whether sailing on the Clyde or further afield in Scotland, make sure to take the time to enjoy spotting the many species of wildlife that frequent our waters: seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales, and basking sharks are all seen regularly. Orca and Minke whales have recently been seen in the waters around Mull — as have white-tailed sea eagles. Little Cumbrae and Ailsa Craig on the Clyde are home to seabirds too numerous to mention, from comical little guillemots to spectacular diving gannets. Lunga is famed for it's puffin colonies where you can stroll amongst the burrows and watch their colourful heads popping out inquisitively. Check out our Scottish sailing blog to read guides and interest pieces about many of Scotland's West Coast locations.

We can't wait to welcome you to our part of the world and to share the delights and freedom of bareboat yacht charter and sailing in Scotland. If you have any questions about sailing around the West Coast of Scotland, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you would like to learn more and start planning your passage, we recommend that you take a look at the very informative Scottish Anchorages website which is packed full of handy detailed information.


Check out the destination guides below for some of our most popular destinations.







Map of Clyde


Our main sailing area is situated within the boundaries of the Firth of Clyde. Sailing out-with the Clyde is permitted on most of our yachts at a charge of £150 per week.

For those wishing to navigate through the Crinan Canal, the fee for leaving the Clyde area must be paid and a permit for travel through the canal must also be paid directly to Scottish Canals.