Clyde Estuary Cruising Area

General Info

The waters of the Clyde offer beautiful scenery and interesting, safe cruising, limited only by time, weather and imagination.

The Clyde area:

  • is fantastic for gaining experience and mileage without having to contend with the more challenging conditions of the West Coast;
  • is ideal for the novice sailor as well and the more experienced sailor wishing a relaxing holiday with family and friends;
  • offers protected lochs and waters within which most cruising takes place;
  • offers a multitude of marinas, anchorages and moorings, many of which are adjacent to, or even operated by, the many good restaurants and pubs situated within easy reach of the water.
  • offers reasonably regular sightings of Seals, whales, porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks, seabirds of all kinds together with other wildlife. These sightings may not be as abundant as on the West Coast but are nevertheless to be anticipated. Added to which, the occasional submarine may be encountered on its way home to its base at Faslane on Gareloch – just make sure you keep out if its way!

Interactive Highlights Map

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Argyll's Secret Coast on the Kyles of Bute Travel between pretty islands covered in wild woodland and secret sandy bays. A haven for wildlife, a cruise on these straits offers a unique glimpse into Scotland’s hidden natural and cultural beauty. Enjoy a meal at the Colintraive Hotel or in one of the restaurants at Tighnabruaich.
Campbeltown Once called the Whisky Capital of Scotland and home to some of the oldest Whisky distilleries, the oldest Picture House, famous Celtic Cross and excellent Heritage Museum
Inveraray Quaint village built by the Duke of Argyll in the 18th century to make place for Inveraray Castle. Visit the Castle, the Jail and enjoy an excellent meal at the George Hotel!
Isle of Arran Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, affectionately known as 'Scotland in miniature' for a good reason!
Kip Marina Kip Marina, Portway Yacht Charters' base on the Firth of Clyde
Portavadie Marina Award winning marina with excellent restaurant, spa and much more on the shores of Loch Fyne and only a shortwalk away from Ascog Castle.
Rothesay and the Isle of Bute Visit the Royal Burgh of Rothesay with its Castle, Discovery Centre, or Mount Stuart, the home of the Marquis of Bute or any of the other attractions.
Tarbert Tarbert Loch Fyne is an idyllic Scottish village also known as the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre

Cruising possibilities

  • Weekend charterers often visit Rothesay on the Island of Bute, Tarbert Loch Fyne and sail through the beautiful Kyles of Bute with maybe a stopover at the Colintraive Hotel for lunch or dinner .
  • In a week, a charterer can also visit
    • the Island of Arran, Campbeltown and the Ayrshire Coast, and/or
    • Loch Fyne with a stop off at Inverary and dinner at the George Hotel or the Loch Fyne Oyster bar (a short taxi ride), and/or
    • Glasgow via a motor up the Clyde river

    Distances are not great and a safe berth or anchorage is never far away.

Don’t be too ambitious in planning a cruise, especially if young children or novice sailors are aboard. Daily passages of 20 to 25 miles are usually sufficient.

We can help you create an itinerary for your charter with suggestions for anchorages, places of interest ashore and dining recommendations.

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NOTE: All cruises and itineraries will be influenced by prevailing weather conditions, tides, the ability of the crew and the time available.