John Austin, the founder of Scottish Yacht Charters has sailed off to new adventures, the new owner David Lyle wishes him all the best for the future.
David is a RYA yachtmaster instructor with extensive knowledge of the West Coast of Scotland gained over the past 30 years
We are a small independent yacht charter company, operating from the West Coast of Scotland. Our base is Craobh Haven some 20 miles south of Oban, which gives access to the most spectacular yachting to be had in the British Isles. Craobh Haven and the surrounding region featured in the BBC documentary "Three Men Go To Scotland". The varied coastline and numerous islands of this area offer stunning scenery and crystal clear waters inhabited by a huge variety of wildlife, including whales, porpoises and basking sharks. Wherever you choose to make landfall, you're sure of a warm welcome ashore at one of the many harbourside restaurants, distilleries or places of historic interest.
New 2020 'Countess of Sleat' is coming to join SYC.
She’s an Elan 434 with four cabins and a saloon, can sleep ten and is a very comfortable yacht ideal for the west coast of Scotland. She joins us as the ideal boat for those wanting both comfort and ability. The boat has two heads.
The landscape bordering these extensive cruising grounds is beautiful and unspoilt. There are hundreds of islands and literally thousands of miles of coastline, giving plenty of scope for aspiring skippers to improve their pilotage and navigation skills. The long summer days, myriad of sheltered anchorages and extensive choice of routes and destinations all make for a great sailing experience. Craobh Haven itself is easily accessible by private or public transport and has plenty of safe car parking facilities as well as a chandlery, general store and the Lord of the Isles Pub, Restaurant and Hotel.
Our modern well equipped yachts ´Evenstar´ a Bavaria 38 and ´Tarskavaig´ an Hanse 400 are available for bareboat or skippered charter. They are comprehensively equipped with modern equipment and has an extensive inventory. All you need to bring is your own personal gear. So whatever your level of experience, whether you're looking for a relaxing break or a real sailing adventure, we are confident that you will find Scottish Yacht Charters and the delights of the West Coast of Scotland hard to beat.
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The rugged beauty of Scotland is of World renown. A yacht charter in Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring the country. The West Coast is sparsely inhabited and many places are only accessible by sea. For this reason, a bareboat yacht charter is an increasingly popular way of visiting the area. The scenery is spectacular and the wildlife unusual and diverse. There are lots of harbours and anchorages. We would challenge anyone who charters Scotland not to be impressed.
One of the great things about Scottish charters is the unrivalled opportunity for peace and solitude. As anyone who has experienced the delights of a Yacht charter West Coast Scotland will testify, there are none of the crowds that are the norm in other popular areas of yacht charter UK. A cruise with Scottish Yacht Charter allows you the freedom to enjoy deserted anchorages should you wish to. The numerous islands to be found in this area mean that there is usually somewhere offering shelter whatever the direction of the wind. However one of the great things about Scottish charters is that, if you wish, there are plenty of charming coastal towns and villages offering opportunities for reprovisioning, visiting local attractions or just a welcoming pub.
We are ideally placed to offer the perfect location for your yacht charter west coast. Our small fleet of yachts is perfect for Scottish charters, being relatively new and fully equipped. Colour plotters, electric anchor windlasses and single line reefing will all enhance the experience of your Scottish Yacht Charter. As anyone familiar with this area will testify, the diesel heating found on all our boats can be very useful on occasions. For your visit ashore, our yachts are equipped with inflatable tenders and outboard motors at no extra charge. All of these features will help to make your sailing charter Scotland a memorable one.
A widely held misconception is that it always rains in Scotland. Aficionados of cruising the West Coast of Scotland will testify to the long periods of settled weather it is often possible to encounter. Of all the yacht charter UK areas Scottish charters are the ones blessed with the longest daylight hours. In midsummer a lucky sailor who charters Scotland will find that even at midnight it is often not entirely dark. Certainly the weather will usually allow barefoot yacht charters, if that is your fancy. As a result of the effects of the Gulf Stream, temperatures are a good deal higher than is generally appreciated.
One of the considerations when selecting Scottish charters is the ease of access to our home ports. Craobh Haven and Largs marinas are easily accessible by road, train or even air. Our summer base at Craobh Haven is about 2 hours drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh and is approximately 20 miles from Oban, which is the nearest rail link. Largs Marina, our winter base is about 20 miles from Glasgow which in addition to road and rail links has its own airport. Your yachting charters Scotland will start and end with the minimum inconvenience as a result of the locations we have chosen. Anyone who is a client of ours and who charters Scotland regularly will appreciate the ease of access our sites offer for your sailing charter Scotland.
We hope that we have tempted you to sample the delights of yacht charters Scotland. Our aim is to ensure that anyone experiencing charters Scotland does so in an enjoyable and hassle free manner. Whether your holiday aim is to discover quiet unspoiled anchorage's, or to undertake longer more challenging cruises, we hope that your experience will make you agree with us that a Charters Scotland cruise is not one to be missed.