Big seas, four-metre-high rolling waves, storms, fog, and squalls. We had anticipated all of it on our first Kattegat crossing, in our 50-year-old, 24-ft Spækhugger yacht Gaia. We weren’t, however,…

Mediterranean Sailing: Meganisi in the Ionian Sea has established yachting infrastructure and numerous bays and coves. Credit: Lu Heikell

Home to a hugely diverse cruising area, whether on your own boat or on a charter, there are literally dozens of options to consider when Mediterranean sailing, says Lu Heikell

Millport in Scotland

Dag Pike finds a quiet bay on the Scottish island of Great Cumbrae in which to drop the pick

A grey seal sitting on rocks at the Farne Islands

This Northumberland outpost offers rich history and plenty of wildlife experiences, says Alastair Buchan