Ian Sawkins - Boatshed Scotland
There are mooring facilities and good anchorages never too far away and numerous Islands close at hand. With Ireland being almost a stones throw across the water, the day, weekend and holiday sailing territory is vast.
The Firth of Clyde is easily reached by road and direct rail links to the moorings at Troon, Ardrossan, Largs, Fairlie and Inverkip. Glasgow is 40 minutes away with two international airports close by.This region provides good sheltered sailing amongst the Scottish Isles with Arran and Bute a short distance from the mainland. These are closer than some of the more western mainland locations which offer full Marina services such as Tarbert, Portavadie, Holy Loch and Rhu Marina.
The more Northern locations such as Oban, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye and other Western Isles are also within easy reach.
There is something magical about mooring off the Scottish coastline with the whisky distilleries close to the shore and with the mountains as a backdrop. On one occasion when I was sailing there I had just finished a tasting at the Isle of Jura and came out to see two stags not more than 10 yards away.