With more coastline than France, Argyll & The Isles is truly a world-class sailing destination. You can charter a yacht and sail to the islands, opt for a skippered cruise in more sheltered waters or enjoy a quiet day’s sailing on a calm sea loch. With a range of sailing options, you have the freedom to do as much or as little as you want, depending on your experience or preferences. You can also take sailing lessons at one of region’s many sailing schools.
Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the rugged coastline of Argyll & The Isles and the region has some of the finest waters in the world for this sport. Paddling through clear waters you may be able to catch sight of a pod of dolphins or a seal colony, and there are also lots of ancient, religious and historical monuments along the way.
Both short and full day experiences are available near Oban, Lochgilphead and Lochgoilhead. Alternatively, Sea Kayak Scotland, based on the Isle of Seil, near Oban, will organise a trip tailored to your group so all you have to decide is which islands to explore.
Surfing and windsurfing
Low lying and windswept, Tiree is a mecca for surfers, kite surfers and windsurfers. One of the sunniest places in Britain, this ‘sunshine island’ hosts the Tiree Wave Classic, an exhilarating event attracting surfing talent from around the world, making it a surfer’s paradise.
There are also some great breaks off Machrihanish on the Kintyre peninsula. With beaches so quiet there is no competition for surf, you might even find yourself totally alone. Unique coves and reefs are perfect for exploring and fantastic scenery provides a wonderful backdrop to your day in the fresh air.