West Coast and Northern Ireland
Starting in Largs or Oban and returning to the opposite harbour, this trip combines a couple of longer passages and and quite a few trips onshore for some exploring the beautiful towns, harbours and attractions that the West Coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland has to offer.
Leaving from Oban and, depending on the wind and tide, we will visit the Inner Hebrides. We are spoilt for choice in this area: there is the beautiful island of Mull, where we sometimes stop in Tobermory, otherwise known for the colourful houses of Balamory. You will be travelling down the Sound of Jura, which has the best views you can get of the Paps of Jura. If this is not impressive enough, then we sail by the famous Gulf of Corryvreckan, which sits between the islands of Jura and Scarba. Corryvreckan is a whirlpool that is created by the strong Atlantic currents and the underwater topography which together create a tidal race. The island of Islay is a regular stop for us - there is a lovely high street selling traditional Scottish products and we will find time to stop at Laphroaig Whisky Distillery for a tour and a dram! One of the favourite places for Go West to visit is Gigha. Gigha is a community owned island and is the most southerly of the Hebrides. It has a great seafood restaurant and the island produces its own ice cream.
For those who are aspiring Coastal Skippers or Yachtmasters we will make our way to Northern Ireland. This passage will help you toward the logged miles for your next qualification. We will stop at Ballycastle and visit Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, or the famous Old Bushmills Distillery. In the evening many of our crew like to sample a local delicacy – Guinness! The homeward journey will likely take you via the island of Arran, or Holy Island which is owned by a Buddhist Community.
One of our spacious 4 cabin yachts will become your home for this adventure. All our yachts are great boats, perfect for offshore sailing, which makes even a choppy passage bearable. Our adventure sails are perfect for practising sailing skills and getting the necessary miles or night sail hours to your logbook, which are especially welcomed for those who are aspiring for Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster licence.
Our 2019 sailing adventures will start and finish as below:
2nd June - Oban to Largs (sold out)
21st July - Oban to Largs (sold out)
21st July - Largs to Oban (just released!)
25th August - Oban to Largs (only 3 places remaining)