Sailing and boating in Scotland

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Set a course for Scotland and experience the freedom of our seas. Scotland's world-class boating and watersports environment is one of clean air and water, superb coastal scenery, excellent facilities and a superb welcome.

  • Looking across the Firth of Forth to yachts sailing in front of the Forth Rail Bridge, built between 1883-90, Edinburgh
    Yachts sailing in front of the Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh
  • Attractive barges berthed by a scenic canal bank
    The Union Canal at Ratho, Midlothian
  • Cluster of sailing yachts in windy and choppy conditions
    Knowledge of weather and tidal conditions is vital to any sailing
Looking down from the top of the mast onto the deck of a small yacht


Scotland's inshore waters are a sailor's paradise - clean, unpolluted waters, quiet anchorages and fantastic coastal scenery.

A canal lock set against hilly Highland scenery

Canals and waterways

Sail Scotland’s canals into the heart of beautiful landscapes and enjoy a different perspective on the awesome scenery.

Download the Sail Scotland brochure!

Sail Scotland ebrochure

Download a copy of the Sail Scotland ebrochure to find marinas, moorings, lessons and more.