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Longer Holiday : West of Scotland and the Isles


LONGER BREAKS (Pictured below: Navigating the Sound of Harris)

HarrisMany of our customers travel a long way often from Europe and sometimes further afield, to reach this wonderful cruising area and like to spend two weeks or more exploring it. There are many attractive places to visit both North and South of the ones suggested already. Options also include visiting Orkney and/or Shetland and even perhaps going right round through the Pentland Firth, to Inverness then back through the Caledonian Canal. If you are planning this trip you will probably already know the area well and have your own ideas about how to get there. We do allow the yachts to do this trip, length of charter permitting, so if you think that it might be of interest and do need any more information please don’t hesitate to ask. There is also the option of a one way trip to or from Inverness Marina - please just ask if you would like more information about this - please note that you need a full fortnight to do the trip though.

Quite a lot of customers extend their holiday to ten days and for a ten day holiday, the existing Passage Plans on this site could quite easily be slightly extended; North, South, West or even occasionally East to give you a more relaxed view of the area. If St Kilda is your ultimate goal then a few extra days will give you a better chance of getting there, and if the weather is settled, a chance to spend a bit more time enjoying the experience of being there. The Friday changeover boats - details on the price list - generally lend themselves better to ten day bookings.

For those of you coming here for a fortnight or more, who are not familiar with the area there are three general directions in which you could head in addition to Orkney, Shetland and St Kilda which have already been mentioned.

North
Once again heading North there are many quiet locations waiting to welcome you on the North West coast of Scotland. Two weeks would allow you to head North past Ullapool and, to mention just a few of places you might visit, on to Lochinver, Kylesku, and possibly as far as Kinlochbervie before heading across the Minch to Stornoway and then heading South down the deserted lochs of Lewis. We haven't mentioned Stornoway in any of the other suggested itineraries and it is well worth a visit (although it is still very quiet on a Sunday) having a 70 berth marina and good facilities for yachtsmen. (The facilities include Click and Collect shopping from Tesco, so you can place your mid cruise top up shopping order in advance)! You can then pick up on the one week suggestions on the previous pages for either Skye or the Outer Hebrides and return via the Small Isles.

If the weather is very settled you might prefer to head further West through the Sound of Harris and explore the Monarch Isles, Taransay, Scarp and/or Loch Roag then head back via the Butt of Lewis and Stornoway. This would probably be followed by coming back via the North side of Skye but the opportunities are vast.

Harris one of the spectacular west coast beachesFor both the above options we will require details of your sailing experience to give you permission to have the Extended Cruising Limits Option and you will need the North/West chart option for which there is a small charge.

Heading South with a longer period there are lots of options. Taking a sail round Mull as well as Skye perhaps going as far south as Colonsay and then heading back north via Barra, Eriskay and South Uist gives you a wonderful mix of activity shoreside, good food, historic sites and remote anchorages. Please note that this area does get very busy from mid-July to mid-August so if you would prefer to be in uncrowded anchorages heading North at that time of year gives you more opportunity to do so.

If you wish to head south of anchorages on the south coast of Mull you will require permission but there is no additional charge .

If these suggestions are of interest to you and you would like some more information about them please get in touch.

(Pictured right : One of the many superb west coast beaches on Harris)