The West Coast of Scotland is rightly famous for the fabulous sailing opportunities and challenges. Probably nowhere rivals the Firth of Clyde and close sea areas for the ‘change-of-view-per-mile’. From narrow sea lochs to wide open sea, and even a trip up the Clyde into the heart of Glasgow (where there’s even free berthing) it’s all within the scope of this grand sailing seascape.
The trip ‘Round the Mull’ (that is, the Mull of Kintyre – don’t mention the song!), takes you to the Inner Hebrides of Gigha, Islay and Jura (you can mention the whisky even if you may not remember which one you had after a night out or on board with fellow sailors), but our main focus here is on the Clyde. A river with an outstanding maritime history being the birthplace of such famous ships as Cutty Sark, the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, HMS Hood, and what the locals know as the ‘QE2’ (see here for a local's story of the launch), Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Today’s hallmark ships are the ferries plying up, down and across the Clyde. Caledonian MacBrayne probably the most recognised name in Scottish marine, have ships crossing the Clyde every daylight minute (This link will show you live tracking of CalMac’s ships).
So much for the history. What’s here for the sailor? Almost everything. We could say everything, but just in case someone thinks of what we haven’t got we’ll play safe.
Open water, narrow channels, mountains, lochs, castles, villages, towns, delightful anchorages, beautiful scenery, good company, the RNLI, an abundance of marinas, good food, walking, cycling, drinking, company, solitude, whatever it is you seek from your sailing it’s probably all here in a compact, (mostly) sheltered, beautiful part of Scotland.
In these pages, we will take you with us through the country of which we are justifiably proud. We hope to help you find anchorages, learn a little about where you want to go, or just browse to decide where you want to visit. If you have already discovered the attraction of our home and have photos or stories that you would like to tell, just email us.