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Scottish Islands and Lochs

This years cruise is the 23rd - 28th June, you can see the full itinerary here

Spend six days on a large luxurious yacht enjoying the splendour of the Islands and Lochs of South West Scotland, the breathtaking wildlife and the fabulous food and drink offered by this unique region of the British Isles. With a Yachtmaster Instructor as skipper take as big a part in the sailing and navigation of the yacht as you wish. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery and wild life. Each year the itinerary tends to vary, so for exact details of this years cruise check out the link above, for what might happen next year see below

SATURDAY 23RD JUNE- 1130 HOURS, ALL JOIN IN GREENOCK

Join us in James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock. We will take the time to familiarise the crew with all the safety features of the boat. After a bite to eat we will set off, down the beautiful Clyde, passing Holy Loch Loch Long as we head for the Island of Greater Cumbrae. We will stop in the bay off the holiday town of Millport and use the dinghy to go ashore for a look around before eating on board Celtic Star

SUNDAY 24TH JUNE: CUMBRAE TO CAMPBELTOWN, MULL OF KYNTYRE

Following a reasonably early start from Millport, we will sail down the spectacular east coast of the island of Arran. The passage will be dominated by the massive ridge of Goat Fell, before passing south of the Island, with Ailsa Craig in the distance, then heading west to Campbeltown. After arriving in Campbeltown early afternoon, we will arrange the first Distillery visit. Campbeltown’s Springbank distillery is the oldest family owned distillery in Scotland and still makes its whisky in the traditional way. From malting their own to bottling every process is on site in Campbeltown. It also very good whisky!!

MONDAY 25TH JUNE: CAMPBELTOWN TO LOCHRANZA ARRAN

After an opportunity for the whisky lovers to visit another local distillery of Gen Scotia in Campbeltown we will be setting sail for Arran. We will be sailing up the Kilbrannan Sound to the delightful Loch Ranza on the North of Arran, where we should be anchored by early afternoon. Ashore there is Loch Ranza Castle to visit and a wide range of fabulous walks. Once again for the Whisky lovers the opportunity to visit the Arran Distillery, the newest distillery in Scotland and very much a contrast to Springbank, with some of the newest techniques and a Sauterne barrel matured 12 year old that is very palatable!!

TUESDAY 26TH JUNE: LOCRANZA TO TARBERT, LOCH FYNE

You can’t go to the Clyde without having seafood so today is a chance to sample some of the delights available. Leisurely start then short sail to Tarbert Marina. Arriving mid day gives you a chance to get ashore to see the castle, or walk through to West Loch Tarbert on the other side of the Mull of Kintyre and look over to Jura and Islay. Dinner will be ashore at the renowned Starfish Restaurant.

WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE: TARBERT TO LOCH RIDDON VIA KYLES OF BUTE

The Kyles of Bute are arguable one of the world’s most scenic waterways, and Loch Riddon one of Scotland’s most beautiful anchorages. After a call at the local haddock smoker, the plan will be to leave Tarbert late morning, then head down Loch Fyne to round Ardlamon Point and enter the Kyles. A gentle sail up the West Kyle will bring us Tighnabruaich, perhaps a brief stop to pop ashore. Then back aboard to head north and into Loch Riddon. We’ll settle here for the night, then enjoy a well-deserved glass of fizz and some canapes before a dinner of gorgeous local produce

Usually we take advantage of the great restaurants in this part of Scotland and have a meal ashore, and give you the chance to see if the five star restaurants of the island are up to the challenge set on Celtic Star. Of course you can also visit the distillery here and sample both the Tobermory and the Ledaig whiskies that are produced on the island of Mull.

A final trip, down the lovely East Kyle, then around Toward Point and back in to the more busy waters of the Clyde, well get you back to Greenock around 1330pm for your departure home and wish us fair winds until the next time.