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Join Richard and Petra aboard Celtic Star for an unforgettable sailing experience

Experience the magic of Coastal Snowdonia from the comfort of the 46 foot sailing yacht, Celtic Star.

Celtic Cruising and Snowdonia Sailing School offer a range of sailing holidays, RYA courses or cruises for up to six people, exploring the dramatic landscapes, heritage and wildlife of North Wales, the Isle of Man, Ireland or the Inner Hebrides.

What our clients say about us

A selection from our reviews page

14 November 2017 Competent Crew
Top week learning every aspect of the basics. Felt I'd been away for weeks, we learnt so much. Great teachers and hosts in Richard and Petra.. If you don't know one end of a yacht from the other but want to become confident, knowledgeable and capable of becoming a mariner, this is the course the get you started and these are the guys you want to do it with... And as for the food - What Richard can do with a 3 ring hob and swinging oven is beyond compare. I'll be back for day skipper in the New Year (if they'll have me) :) Nigel Bailey

21 October 2017 canaries cruise
Great winter break in the warm waters of the Canary Islands, visiting three islands - Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera. Richard and Petra were amazing hosts as usual and the meals were exceptional. We saw pilot whales, three different species of dolphin, tuna and a wealth of birds. Looking forward to booking the next cruise, Stephen and Norah

17 October 2017 Canaries Cruise
I really appreciated the thought that had been put into planning this cruise - a quick transfer by taxi from the airport and the opportunity to visit three different islands in a week. Having the opportunity to have a whole day ashore to explore the island of La Palma was a real treat. A group of us hired a car and explored the northern half of the island. The food was exceptional and it's hard to pick a favourite meal. We had a couple of meals ashore which were great but not quite as good as Richard's cooking. The company was convivial, Richard and Petra great hosts, we saw a wealth of wildlife (including pilot whales and almost daily dolphins) and got some good sailing in - what more could you ask for?

13 October 2017 Celtic Cruising on Tour - Canaries Cruise
A really tremendous cruise in warm waters. Sightings of dolphins and whales a daily occurrence. Even a turtle in mid-ocean and ospreys at a small anchorage. The same superb catering and hospitality that we get on Celtic Star, despite that it was a Charter Yacht where Richard didn't have his normal galley. No small accomplishment. We were amazed. Isla & Ian Jenkinson

2 October 2017 Yachtmaster Prep Course
16th - 22nd September 2017. We would like to thank Petra and Richard for a successful and very pleasant yachtmaster preparation course. They create the perfect environment for learning. We benefited greatly from their outstanding teaching skills and unique dedication. They surprised us with their generous hospitality and delicious food. We are happy to recommend Celtic Cruising to all who appreciate the special service they provide; they are a great team. Werner, Hansruedi and Richard from Switzerland

Celtic Cruising on tour again
Cruises in Spain and the Canaries, then across the Atlantic. In 2019 we plan to circumnavigate the Globe, if you want to join us somewhere really exotic then look at the dates here