Yacht charter in Scotland

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  • Smiling skipper stands in front of his berthed yacht
    Skippered charters are an ideal way for the novice sailor to experience Scotland's world-class maritime environment

Scotland's many yacht charter companies offer visiting sailors a wide selection of craft and cruise locations to choose from. Whether your preference is for power or sail, self-sail or skippered, classic or modern, there's a charter that's right for you and your budget.

Bareboat charters

Bareboat charters are the most popular and cost-effective way for you explore and enjoy Scotland's uncrowded seas and islands at your own pace and to suit your own itinerary.

Most - but not all - charter companies are based on the west coast and are family-run businesses that pride themselves on the high standards of personal and friendly service they offer. They offer a wide variety of boats, commonly for a week's charter although longer and shorter (weekend) charters can also be arranged.

Skippered charters

If you're new to sailing but want to experience Scotland's world-class maritime environment at first hand or even if you're an experienced sailor but new to Scottish waters, why not charter a skippered vessel and let an experienced hand take the strain and do the organising, navigating and sailing? You'll have more time to relax, more time to enjoy stunning Scottish coastal scenery and spot wildlife along the way.

Some bareboat companies also provide skippers for part of a charter to provide competant sailors a gentle introduction to the sailing area before allowing them to continue to explore on a bareboat basis.

And whichever type of charter you choose, after a day’s great sailing along magnificent coastlines, you have the freedom to spend your evenings enjoying the seclusion of a quiet anchorage or to come ashore and enjoy some of our delicious local produce in a restaurant, pub or hotel.

Clear waters, long summer evenings and a peaceful ambience guarantee a magical and truly memorable experience.