Additional information about sailing in Scotland

Loch Scavaig

Here is some extra information and links to accompany the Scotland feature found in the May 2011 issue of Yachting Monthly.

For the full story of our trip to Scotland and our 3 month sabbatical, please feel to read our blog:

yachtpixie.blogspot.com which starts from January 10th and follows the highs and lows of our trip.

If you don’t have a boat, or want a taste of Scotland without committing to a season, think about chartering, as most areas are covered. Here are a list of Charter companies who operate in Scotland:

Alba Sailing – Bareboat/Skippered – Dunstaffnage Marina

Argyll Yacht Charters – Bareboat/Skippered – Craobh

Catima Sailing – Bareboat/skippered – Kip/Largs

Charter for You – Skippered/Bareboat – Kip

Edinburgh Boat Charters Ltd – Skippered – Port Edgar

Flymingo Yacht Charter – Skippered/Bareboat – Largs and Craobh

Isle of Skye Yachts – Bareboat/Skippered -Ardvasar Skye

Lochaber Watersports – Bareboat/Skippered Ballachulish

New Horizon Sailing – Skippered

Northern Wanderer – Skippered

Portway Yacht Charters – Bareboat and Skippered – Craobh,Kip and Ballachulish

Sail Swallow – Bareboat – Craobh

Seven Degrees West – Skippered – Largs

Scotwinds Sailing – Skippered – Gairloch to Inverness

Oban Distillery

Here are the distilleries I’ve found that’s it’s possible to visit by boat, along with the closest anchorage.

Islay
Laphroaig – Lagavulin Bay +44 (0) 1496 302418
Lagavulin – Lagavulin Bay +44 (0) 1496 302749
Ardbeg – Lagavulin Bay +44 (0) 1496 302244
Bowmore – Loch Indaal +44 (0)1496 810671
Bruichladdich – Loch Indaal +44 (0)1496 850190
Caol Ila – Sound of Jura +44 (0) 1496 302760
Bunnahabhain – Sound of Jura +44 (0) 1496 840646

Island
Jura – Craighouse +44 (0)1496 820601
Arran – Lochranza +44 (0)1770 830264
Highland Park – Kirkwall +44(0) 1856 874619
Scapa – Scapa Bay (not open to the public)
Tobermory – Tobermory, Mull +44 (0)1688 302645
Talisker – Loch Harport, Skye +44 (0) 1478 614308

Highland
Oban – Kerrera Marina/Oban Harbour +44 (0) 1631 572004
Ben Nevis – Corpach/Banavie +44 (0) 1397 700200
Clynelish – Brora (Drying) +44 (0) 1408 623000
Old Pultney – Wick +44 (0) 1955 602 371
Dalmore – Cromarty Firth +44 (0) 1349 882 362
Springbank/Longmorn – Campbelltown +44 (0) 1586 552009
Glen Scotia – Campbelltown +44 (0) 1586 552288

Lowland
Auchentoshan – Bowling/Forth and Clyde Canal   +44 (0) 1389 878 561
Bladnoch – Wigtown Bay +44 (0) 1988 402605

Finally
The Drumchork Distillery, Drumchork Hotel Lodge    Aultbea, Loch Ewe   +44 (0)1445 731242
With just one 40 Gallon still, this is the smallest legal distillery in Scotland, thanks to a legal loophole, which has now been closed.

The Sail Scotland website also offers more information for anyone cruising this wonderful part of the world