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Visit SailScotland for more information on sailing

Scotland is the perfect yachting destination for both experienced and novice sailors. Charter your boat or learn to sail here in our unpolluted seas and lochs with spacious harbours and anchorages set against fantastic coastlines and scenery. Unbeatable!

  • Smiling skipper stands in from of his berthed yacht
    Skippered charters are an ideal way for the novice sailor to experience Scotland's world-class maritime environment
  • Yacht sailing in clear blue waters with large mountains in the background
    Malin Waters offers some of the finest and most interesting sailing in Europe
  • Group of people launching their dinghy
    Tighnabruaich Sailing School, Kyles of Bute
  • Dozens of small yachts berthed close together in a picturesque harbour
    Tarbert harbour, Argyll
  • Group of people sitting in the cockpit of a yacht berthed in a marina
    Swapping tales and experiences
Family of four sit in the cockpit of a small yacht in harbour

Yacht charters

Scotland's many yacht charter operations offer a wide variety of craft and cruise locations, guaranteed to suit every budget.

A yacht with full sails sailing close to a mountainous coastline


Malin Waters, the seas between Scotland and Ireland, are one of Europe’s premier sailing and coastal destinations.

Download the Sail Scotland brochure!

Sail Scotland ebrochure

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

A small yacht keeling over in the wind as three sailors lean outboard for balance

Sailing and water schools

Enjoy learning how to sail dinghys, cruisers and even power boats at one of Scotland’s many RYA-approved training schools.

A cluster of yachts moored in a pretty anchorage

Marinas, harbours and boatyards

These well-equipped stop-off points are ideal for refuelling, stocking up on provisions or exploring inland.

Close-up of a ship's compass and ropes

Practical information

Use the practical information in this section to help plan your sailing trip to Scotland and to support your cruising itinerary.