Our Bases and How to get there

Road to the Isles

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Portway Yacht Charters believes the journeys to our bases at Kip Marina on the Clyde and Craobh Marina on the West Coast are part of the charter experience.

However, the journey time from Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airports to Craobh on the West Coast can be up to 4 hours and from Glasgow City Airport about 3 hours.  The refocus of our operations in Kip in 2012 is partly due to the time and cost of the trip to Croab, even-though the roads pass through magnificent highland scenery and, some say, add to the whole yacht charter experience.

If you fly into Glasgow City, Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airport, you could hire a taxi on arrival.  However we recommend you ask us to make these arrangements. Portway Yacht Charters can hire a taxi, minibus and small or large coach at reasonable cost. The drivers will know the best route, where to stop if shopping is required and will have our telephone number to contact us en route if necessary.

In all cases, the charterer pays the driver at the end of the journey.

Kip Marina

Located on tKip Marina - Portway Yacht Chartershe East side of the Firth of Clyde between Greenock and Largs, Kip Marina is Scotland’s longest established Marina and a convenient departure point for all the favourite anchorages on the Clyde, the Kyles of Bute, Arran and Loch Fyne, as well as  Northern Ireland.

The road to Kip from Glasgow follows the M8 passing by Glasgow City airport and then along the south bank of the Clyde overlooking the ancient extinct volcano of Dumbarton Rock, offering some of the most beautiful views over Helensburgh, Gare Loch and Loch Long and the mountains of Ben More behind, and passes though Port Glasgow and Greenock, town with historic shipbuilding fame.

The road from the south and Prestwick airport passes through the Ayrshire farming countryside before joining the east bank of the Clyde near Fairlie. It then follows the Clyde all the way to Kip offering beautiful scenery  and views of the Cumbrae Islands and across the Firth to the Island of Bute, Rothesay and Dunoon, and passes through Largs and Skelmorlie

Croabh Marina

Croabh Haven Marina - Portway Yacht ChartersAlthough the journey time to Craobh Haven Marina from Prestwick or Edinburgh Airport can take up to 4 hours and from Glasgow City about 3 hours, the road passes through magnificent highland scenery.

The road leaves Loch Lomond at Tarbet and follows the A83 west to Arrochar at the top end of Loch Long, onwards towards Inverary by the old, now much improved military road over the pass known as “Rest and be Thankful”.   The road descends to sea level again at Cairndow at the top of Loch Fyne, one the longest sea lochs, before travelling south to Inverary.  Look out for the Duke of Argyll’s chateau style castle and the pretty little town with its fine buildings. Continuing on the A83 the road is never far from the loch of which there are many good views till Lochgilphead is reached. This little town is the administrative centre of Argyll.

The Crinan canal, which connects Loch Fyne with the Atlantic, starts in the neighbouring town of Ardrishaig and the road to Craobh (A816)  runs first parallel to the canal and then passes through the good farm land of Kilmartin glen with its  5,000 year old burial mounds and Dunadd, the ancient capital of the Scots. From here it is only a short journey to Loch Craignish where Ardfern marina is located and a bit further, over one last hill, is the short side road to Craobh.

Directions

If you are driving and have portable GPS, the following postcodes will help you set up the routes to our bases:

Glasgow AirportGlasgow Prestwick
Airport
Edinburgh AirportCraobh MarinaKip Marina
PA3 2PFKA9 2PLEH12 9DNPA31 8UAPA16 0AS

Alternatively, the links below open route maps which may be of help:

From Glasgow City airport to:
Kip Marina, Inverkip
Craobh Marina

From Glasgow Prestwick airport to:
Kip Marina, Inverkip
Craobh Marina(scenic)
Craobh Marina(via M7)

Transport

Yacht charterers, particularly from outside the United Kingdom, often have difficulty arranging transport between airports and marinas. Over the years, we have been using several coach, bus and taxi companies to provide this service and we recommend you let Portway Yacht Charters organise the transport.

In order to do so, we need to know the:
* airport being used;
* flight numbers;
* arrival/departure times at the airport
* number in the party.

Sometimes the charterers flight arrives or departs at night time and as our staff tends to work between 9am and 8pm at weekends, arrivals and departures outside these hours can provide real problems. The charterer should consider booking a daytime flight or booking into an hotel for the night.

The journey from Glasgow City airport to Craobh can take 3 hours which, by small bus or mini bus, can cost £250 each way. A longer journey from Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airports can cost over £300 each way.

En route to the yacht, the driver can stop for shopping at a supermarket at no extra charge. We will try to provide the incoming charter party with the driver’s mobile phone number to facilitate contact. Similarly, where possible, the drivere will be given the charterers’ number. Should a larger coach be needed for a larger party, a price will be obtained.

Kip marina is closer to all the airports and journey times are shorter and economical.

Provisions

If shopping is required for the yacht, for those chartering from Kip Marina, there are supermarkets in nearby Port Glasgow and Greenock (Tesco x 2, Morrisons) on the direct road from Glasgow City Airport to the marina and also if you travel from Glasgow Prestwick (Morrisons x 2)

For those chartering from Craobh, supermarkets can be found in Dumbarton (Asda and Morrisons) and a small one in Lochgilphead (Co-operative)