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Scotland Sailing
Insights into Sailing in Scotland

Time to investigate a new destination?….The Glenuig Inn.

May 21st, 2012 alison

Glenuig Inn

The Glenuig Inn has now installed 10 Visitor Yacht Moorings in Glenuig Bay, including 2 for Yachts up to 15 tons and 8 for Yachts up to 10 tons.

The entrance to Glenuig Bay is at 56°50’N 05°49’W and our moorings are marked with Yellow Buoys. The text on the Buoys reads ‘Glenuig Inn’, ‘Pay at Bar’ & ‘Max 10 Tons’ or ‘Max 15 Tons’.

All are deep water moorings, with some outside and some inside the skerries; please call us to direct you to a suitable mooring for your needs.

Glenuig Bay has a Slipway that provides easy access for yachts, dive boats, dinghys, kayaks and fishing boats at almost all states of the tide, being both just a short walk and visible from the Inn.

Glenuig Bay

We charge £10 per 24 hours or part thereof, payable at the Bar in Glenuig Inn, which is fully refundable if you Dine with Us the same day or evening.

Glenuig Inn is open all day, every day, serving Sea-food and Home-cooked meals from 12.00pm to 9.00pm daily, all year round.

Bookings are not required, but please let us know if your party is 8 or more persons.

To slake your thirst we serve a good selection of Real Ales, Organic Wines, Malts & more for you to enjoy . . .

Please call us on 0795 735 6099 or email us on to book your mooring or for any enquiries . . . and we are pet friendly, so the ship’s dog can come ashore too!

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A Grand Day Out…

November 16th, 2011 alison

Wednesday, 15th June 2011 and yacht “Azores High” slipped its lines and departed Kip Marina early in the morning. The crew on board were on a mission to pick up the crew of Timeline Films who were filming for BBC’s Grand Tours of Scotland. As the yacht sailed south to its destination of Millport Bay the rain seemed continuous, but as we got further south it started to lighten, eventually drying up just in time for us to meet with the rib that would collect the crew from the jetty and bring them out to us.

Grand Day out

With the crew making it out to the yacht dry, cups of tea were issued and then after setting the sails the filming began. With Paul Murton on the helm, the pieces to camera were completed as we sailed through the Cumbrae Pass and past the Tann spit. With the wind dying Richard, the cameraman made a hasty retreat to the rib to get some shots of the yacht sailing from there before being dropped on the beach at Little Cumbrae island to get some shots from shore. With the crew happy that they had all they needed we headed towards Largs where the rib was  to drop them to make their trip home by road. Until… we realised that nobody had picked up Richard from the shore! Beating a hasty retreat and retrieving him we then continued to Largs, dropping off the crew and heading on homewards to Inverkip. We had a great day and look forward to seeing how sailing in Scotland is portrayed in the show.

Andy taking the crew back to Largs

Watch it tonight, Wednesday 16th November at 20.30 on BBC1 Scotland. (And we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they don’t use the clip where the genoa didn’t tack nicely!)

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Celebration Daysail

June 17th, 2011 alison

Meet Linda and Colin who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with Mainsail Yachting onboard “Pamina”.


After a slow start to Season 2011, plagued by strong winds and heavy rain, we were glad we managed to get them out for a sail and, despite the waterproofs, the day remained largely dry for them!


Thank you for sending us your photos. Skipper John, and crew Laura, had a fab day too and we hope to see you again soon!

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My week as a sailing instructor, by John

June 10th, 2009 alison

Hi Folks,

Just completed an RYA course as Instructor for Charter For You finishing on the 5th June. Had a mixed bunch comprising of Coastal Skipper Day Skipper and Competent Crew.

We were lucky to have a great bunch of guys on the yacht and enjoyed a week of fabulous sailing weather in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.

Monday saw us leaving Kip Marina and setting off under power, after a couple of hours pontoon bashing, towards Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.

We used the time to practice various sailing manoeuvres under power as the winds were very light, which proved to be what we had for the most of the week with no rain at all, and spent some time spotting the seals and porpoises on the way.

Lamlash Bay, Arran

Lamlash Bay, Isle of Arran

We arrived at Lamlash on the Monday evening and had our first meal on board, in sight of Holy Isle.

The Waverley at Campbeltown

The Waverley at Campbeltown

Tuesday, with the sun once again splitting the sky, saw us set off South round Pladda Lighthouse on the South of Arran towards Sanda Island at the bottom of the Mull of Kintyre. Our Coastal Skipper produced a passage plan which allowed us to circumnavigate Sanda ensuring that we arrived at the optimum time of the tide to assist us through the tidal race and after poking our nose into the small anchorage we set off for a short stay at Campbeltown before our night sail back to Lamlash.

Having set off on the Tuesday night the forecast wind from the North veered round to the East straight on the nose and picked up. Made for great night sailing which took us right through to sunrise before we anchored off the Holy Isle in Lamlash Bay.

Wednesday was a leisurely start and we were treated to a group of about 10 dolphins swimming round the yacht as we left Lamlash Bay, making our way North towards East Loch Tarbert in Loch Fyne we spent some time practising MOB techniques and checking the boat distance log as we sailed past the measured mile markers on Arran. Another beautiful day finished off by a fine meal in the Anchor Hotel in Tarbert (excellent seafood).

Thursday was pontoon bashing again and we practised setting up tow lines with one of the other Sailing Schools who were also out enjoying Scotland at its best. Thursday afternoon found us making our way through the beautiful Kyles of Bute towards Rothesay with some more anchoring practice on the way, before mooring at the pontoons in Rothesay Harbour and a visit to the renowned Victorian Toilets (honestly)!

After a night ashore Friday seemed to have arrived all too soon as we set off towards Kip Marina. Some last practice at sailing onto moorings passed the morning before we arrived at Inverkip for a debrief, final boat clean and the award of those all important certificates to the deserving students.

The crew!

The crew!

Sailing in Scotland on the Clyde, where else would you want to go?

For some additional pictures from this weeks sailing click here OR to book your sailing course click here for information.

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Bank Holiday Relaxation

May 14th, 2009 alison


Daysail relaxation

Daysail relaxation

Why not join Charter For You for some bank holiday relaxation? There are spaces available on a special daysail with 3 course lunch. Enjoy sailing from Kip, down the Clyde, perhaps to Rothesay or up to Ardentinny where you will anchor and then be treated to a delightful meal. You can also sit back and enjoy the scenery. Hopefully the sun will shine and there will be just enough wind to make an exciting sail back to the marina after lunch. What better way to spend the holiday than cruising, with good company and good food?

Spaces available on Monday 25th May 2009. Contact Charter For You for further details.

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Clyde sailing action starts soon!

April 7th, 2009 alison

Oban to Mull ferry departing the Sound of Kerrera

We’ve made some changes to our Photo Album page so have a look to find more images from our recent trip up the Clyde, and some photos from last summer when the sun was shining!

The season is now off to a proper start, with the first charter over and the first courses leaving yesterday. We hope that the sun will shine for at least some of their week and that they return having had a great week with some excellent sailing conditions. (Let’s hope the instructors’ can remember how to sail after having the winter off!)

The Clyde yacht clubs will all be shortly starting their muster and race calendars too. The Fairlie Yacht Club evening race series should make for some interesting viewing while the crews get used to being back on the water and working together again. We’ll know after tomorrow, when the first races start outside of Kip, whether or not the front of the boat can remember what the back’s doing and vice versa! The races at Largs on Tuesday nights aren’t due to start for another week which means they will be able to take note of any serious errors made at Kip and make sure that they don’t do the same! Check back after Wednesday to find out if it all went alright on the night!

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