The UK coastline is an incredible part of the world for a sailing ‘staycation’ holiday closer to home! From the peacefulness of the English south to the rugged landscapes and lochs of the Scottish coastline, there is something to suit every yacht charter group! These are our recommendations for the 5 best stop-offs to include as part of a personalised sailing charter holiday!
1. Isles of Scilly
You would be mistaken for thinking you were in the Caribbean as you approach the white sand beaches of the Isles of Scilly. This collection of islands, roughly 25 miles off the coast of fellow popular sailing spot, Cornwall, consists of 5 major islands that you can spend the day hopping between – but be sure to enjoy the unspoilt nature on their smaller neighbours! These turquoise waters are some of the warmest in the UK, making it a great spot for people in search of a swim, snorkel or scuba dive! Budding wildlife photographers, be sure to keep a look out for the local wildlife populations of puffins and seals.
2. Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
This harbour is always bustling with ferries and smaller boats coming and going, and the town of Yarmouth itself offers a variety of exciting visitor hotspots. Take time to explore the town, including visiting Yarmouth castle, sampling food from local bakeries and cafes, and walking along the Grade 2 listed pier, which boasts views across The Solent. Like all good English coastal towns, you’ll find plenty of pubs in Yarmouth to keep you busy in the evening!
3. Campbeltown, Scotland
A stop off in the town of Campbeltown is a great opportunity to get to know the peaceful side of Scotland. Once known as ‘the Whisky capital of the world’, now only three distilleries remain here and only one (Springbank distillery) still offers tours, so it is worth booking ahead if you want to learn more about the Kintyre peninsula’s long history of whisky production and try a few drams. This is also another great spot for golfers with the Machrihanish, Machrihanish Dunes and Dunaverty courses nearby.
Situated on the picturesque River Dart, this vibrant harbour town is buzzing all year round, however, during the summer months, Dartmouth is an especially exciting hub for sailing lovers! The festivities kick off at the end of August with the Dartmouth Royal Regatta when yachts flock to this harbour and bring life to these colourful Devon streets. Relaxing with friends on the harbour with some hearty fish and chips whilst watching the sails fly past is one of the best afternoons you can possibly find anywhere on the UK coast!
5. Lochranza, Scotland
Lochranza is bustling port town, on the north coast of Arran Island. The rugged shores of Loch Ranza, after which this town is named, provide a breathtaking backdrop to a day spent exploring towering mountains and a ruined 12th Century castle – Lochranza is a budding travel photographers dream! After a day of exploring, you can retire into one of the many pubs to feed your hungry sailing crew! Famous for stunning sunsets, this destination is a great spot for couples looking to spend a relaxing night away in a peaceful part of the world!
Head to The Big Sail to start planning your UK sailing holiday!