Scotland is just as mysterious as it is intriguing and charming.
The region attracts rustic lovers from all over who come to
Scotland for its awe-inspiring panoramas, traditional villages
quaintly nestled in verdant highlands, friendly locals and
world-famous liquors. Cruising Scotland’s Western Isles, charter
guests will have the opportunity to taste multiple vintages of
Scottish whisky from at least half-dozen distilleries combining
diverse flavors such as barley, heather, malt and smoke. Because
the weather in Scotland can be capricious, the best time to visit
is the summer months of May through September when, even with soft
breezes, quiet anchorages offer seclusion until the Sun comes out
again. The Argyll coast is blessed with the Gulf Stream thanks to
which guests can enjoy remarkable sunny beaches and wildlife
including whales and porpoises. Diving will be a true joy with
wrecks lining the seabed along Scottish shores while history
amateurs will be wildered by omnipresent ruined castles, ancient
stone monuments and traditional kilted clansmen. All gastronomes
will indulge in fresh catches of the day like salmon or lobster
while meat-eaters will savor Angus beef.
Embark on your sailing adventure in the Scottish resort town of
Oban in the Firth of Lorn, a pristine bay bordering Scotland’s
western coast. If you have some free time, make sure to visit the
castles of Dunollie and Dunstaffnage or sip on a vintage whisky at
the Oban Distillery. En route to Tobermory you will cruise between
towering bluffs before reaching this colorful village, a favorite
of Queen Victoria who frequently sailed up here by yacht as well.
Continue exploring the Hebrides as your luxury charter yacht draws
closer to the twin islands of Coll and Tiree. The nearby Gulf
Stream current, it is one of the warmest places in the UK. The
island of Coll boasts of sandy beaches and dunes while Tiree is
known as the region’s windsurfing capital. Both islands are an
opportunity to marvel at traditional thatched cottages.
After breakfast sail over to Iona, a small islet at the southern
tip of Isle of Mull well-known for its ancient abbey dating back to
the 9th century. Iona is said to be the burial place of as many as
50 Scottish kings and the birthplace of the fabled Book of Kells, a
manuscript containing Gospels from the New Testament. In the
afternoon, anchor off Colonsay and enjoy the isle’s golden beaches
before visiting the tiny bookshop specializing in Scottish history
and the Colonsay Hotel, the island’s only hotel and pub.
As you sail the Hebrides aboard your luxury charter yacht, stop in
Loch Tarbert to visit the ruins of the 14th century Tarbert Castle
sitting atop the panoramic village. Next, anchor off Port Elen on
Islay, an island known as the Queen of the Hebrides and a sacred
place to all Scotch drinkers as it is home to eight distilleries.
Sail around the Mull of Kintyre made famous by Paul McCartney in
the same entitled “Mull of Kintyre”, before mooring in Campbeltown
lined with edifices dating back to the 19th century where locals
still communicate in the original Scots language. The region is one
of the few in the Scottish Highlands where this language, rather
than Scottish Gaelic, is more prevalent. Apart from a number of
historic monuments, excellent cuisine and noteworthy landmarks,
summer attractions in Campbeltown include music and kite festivals.
Lamlash is the largest village of the Isle of Arran, an island
settled since 10 000 BC where symbolic stone circles and wall
carvings abound. The town’s quaint paved facades lining the
tranquil harbor considered by many as the best shelter in the area.
Hike around Lamlash to explore the robust beauty of Arran and
explore Brodick Castle and its lush walled gardens a couple of
miles north of Lamlash. In the evening, step in to a local pub for
a sip of traditional malt of some typical Arran beer.
Your final port of call during this luxury charter cruise is the
charming port of Troon where golf aficionados will enjoy a round of
golf on verdant rolling hills. This utterly picturesque locale will
have you under its spell in no time so stay in town for lunch and
stock up on local specialties that you will take back home with