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Sail Scotland

Caley Marina, Canal Road, IV3 8NF Inverness
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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boot 2019 hall map (Hall 14): stand B44

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boot 2019 fairground map: Hall 14

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  • 04  Services
  • 04.05  Marine Tourism and Charter
  • 04.05.10  Tourist Agencies / Boards

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Product category: Tourist Agencies / Boards

EAST COAST

ALL THE WAY UP THE EAST COAST, PORTS THAT MADE THEIR NAME IN THE HERRING ERA have reinvented themselves by investing in marina facilities. Visiting sailors can enjoy a busy programme of summer regattas and festivals as well as stopping off in Scotland’s capital city.

The glory days of the old fishing fleets may be long gone, but the historic harbours and sheltered bays of the east coast are still packed with character and are attracting increasing numbers of yachtsmen. Some of these places were among the busiest ports in Europe in the days of the herring drifters, and an almost tangible sense of local pride lingers on in the sea air.

Until relatively recently this coast was viewed as something of a ‘missing link’ in a potential circumnavigation of Britain, but the growth of marina facilities has changed all that and eastern Scotland is now as well served as any part of the country.

This welcome trend has been seen all the way from the border at Berwick to Wick in the far north. Often these facilities are within former fishing harbours and, while some may be smaller than others, they all offer a warm welcome. Furthermore, many ‘unconverted’ fishing harbours are also pleased to welcome visiting yachts, meaning the choice of destination is no longer automatic and a variety of passages may be planned.

The popularity of Scotland as a cruising ground for continental boat owners, particularly those wishing to follow the path of Bjorn Larsson and sail ‘The Celtic Ring’, has meant that many visiting boats will now call in to some of the east coast destinations en route to either the Caledonian Canal or the Pentland Firth. As some of the facilities are smaller than others, it is advisable to check berth availability in advance.

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SKYE & THE NORTH WEST

FROM THE ROMANTIC VISION OF EILEAN DONAN CASTLE TO THE WILD BEAUTY OF THE OUTER HEBRIDES and the rugged cliffs of distant St Kilda, Skye and the North West offers an irresistible mix of landscapes and seascapes with many opportunities to spend time ashore.

There’s poetry in the place-names and magic in the landscapes: all the way from the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Canna and Rum to the awe-inspiring skyline of the Cuillins on Skye and on to the Outer Hebrides with their pristine beaches of white sand and turquoise water.

These are some of the treasures that lie in wait beyond Ardnamurchan Point, the westernmost extremity of the British mainland. If sailing from the south it is well worth stopping off at the fine anchorage of Loch Moidart or picking up a mooring at Arisaig.

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Product category: Tourist Agencies / Boards

THE FIRTH OF CLYDE

ONCE THE GATEWAY TO SCOTLAND’S INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND, the Firth of Clyde is a renowned sailing destination blessed with excellent facilities. Stretching from the bustling city of Glasgow to charming islands, the River Clyde runs into sea lochs extending all the way to the Highlands.

The Firth of Clyde is a wonderfully sheltered cruising area with ten of the best large marinas in the UK which can accommodate several thousand boats, and there’s a host of marine services close at hand. At the heart of this diverse region is the exciting, vibrant city of Glasgow, while a world away from the hustle and bustle you can enjoy a leisurely exploration of peaceful islands and delightful seaside resorts.

The main Clyde marinas for resident and charter vessels are the Troon (Sailing Today’s UK Marina/Harbour of the Year 2017), Ardrossan, Largs (Coastal Marina of the Year 2017), Kip, Rhu, Holy Loch and James Watt Dock, while Fairlie Quay is particularly popular for winter storage and has been developed as a centre for maintenance. All are easily accessible by public transport and the increase in low-cost air travel has encouraged many yacht owners who live elsewhere to keep their vessels in Scottish marinas. More recent marina developments are now well established at the award-winning Portavadie Marina and Spa in Loch Fyne and Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute.

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About us

Company details

ABOUT SAIL SCOTLAND
What is Sail Scotland?

Sail Scotland is the national marketing organisation for sailing and marine tourism.

What does Sail Scotland do?

Sail Scotland delivers a range of strategic marketing activities, aimed at bringing more sailing visitors to Scottish waters, in order to grow the sector and deliver benefits to members businesses and the wider economy.

This directly supports delivery of Scotland's National Tourism Strategy 2020 and Scotland's National Marine Tourism Strategy, Awakening the Giant.

Who runs Sail Scotland?

Registered as a Private Limited Company (SC154190), Sail Scotland is owned and operated on a not-for-profit basis by an industry board. On a daily basis Sail Scotland is led by Chief Executive, Daniel Steel. The work of Sail Scotland is guided by a Board consisting of eight Directors from the marine industry in Scotland:

Gavin McDonagh (Chairman), Managing Director, Holt Leisure Parks - BIOGRAPHY
Charmian Entwistle, Director, Isle of Skye Yachts - BIOGRAPHY
Stephen Bennie, Director, Troon Yacht Haven
Colin Taylor, Owner, Moonshadow Yacht Charter - BIOGRAPHY
Mark Cameron, Director, MC Yachts - BIOGRAPHY
Jamie Hogan, Managing Director, Inverness & Caley Marinas - BIOGRAPHY
Alasdair Burns, Director, We Do Fruition (former Director of Marketing at Scottish Canals)
Glenn Porter, Director, Ocean Sailing Scotland - BIOGRAPHY
Gayle Skelly, Marketing Manager, Eyemouth Harbour - BIOGRAPHY


Our History

Sail Scotland was originally set up in 1994 by the local enterprise network and based on the following objective: “To provide improved marketing and additional promotional opportunities for members of the marine industry throughout Scotland, by co-ordinating joint campaigns, particularly in markets previously beyond the financial capabilities of the majority of trade members”. 

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