The West Coast of Scotland is the best cruising area in the British Isles, with remote anchorages, strong tidal influences and dramatic scenery. These cruises provide excellent opportunities for logging miles, furthering sailing experiences and for building experience.
A must do cruise if you have long wished to sail round the Mull of Kintyre. This passage gives good distance sailing and passages that have to be planned in accordance with wind & tide. Between Islay and Jura you can experience up to 8 knots of tide so it is essential to passage plan accurately. The chance to encounter wild life is exceptionally good as there are sea eagle nesting sites and seal colonies. For a bit of extra excitement you may even sail close to the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.
Although this is not listed as an RYA certificate course our instructor will be focused on improving everyone’s seamanship skills and knowledge. The sailing experience gained should be logged towards future RYA certificates that sailors may be aiming towards.Equipment and Kit Information
Cruising activities are enjoyed onboard one of our 2 yachts. The Centre currently has two Solana’s a 37ft named Somerled and a 38ft named Santa Vey. Both yachts are perfectly suited to the waters around the Clyde and the west coast of Scotland. They provide up to 5 berths for client and all courses and cruises are led by one of our experienced instructors.
Food is provided throughout the cruise. Waterproof sets and lifejackets are on-board each yacht. All other clothing is the responsibility of the sailor and we recommend bringing warm comfortable clothing, which is easy to layer, a warm hat, gloves, suitable footwear, towel and toiletries and of course suntan lotion.×
Start and finish marinas are different, so please take this into consideration when organising your travel plans. Both marinas are serviced by good public transport links.
Food provisions for the duration are on-board, you are free to bring extras that you may wish. Eating ashore is sometimes an option but is an additional personal expense and not always on offer due to location.×