If you are looking to rediscover your sea legs this summer, why not hop aboard a yacht for a nautical escape? Scotland is a world-class sailing destination, with far-flung isles, exciting swirling seas and calm, sheltered coves and bays.
Sailing in Scottish waters will reward you with many incredible sights, experiences and seafaring tales to tell your friends and family for years to come.
Don’t believe us? Just feast your eyes on these stunning photographs!
At sea, the scenery is blissfully peaceful…
Competition entry. Alone at Anchor. Loch Scavaig, Skye © Julia Amies-Green
…with mirror-like waters, all is calm
Competition entry. Boats moored at Plockton © Judy Green
Start a magnificent voyage along one of Scotland’s many waterways…
Boats descending Fort Augustus © Peter Sandground. Courtesy of Sail Scotland
…Or sail back in time to discover Scotland’s viking heritage up north
The harbour at Stromness, Orkney © Daniel J Allen
Plot your bearings and prepare for plain sailing
Competition entry. Cloudburst at Crovie, Aberdeenshire © John Meldrum
Admire the cut of your jib as you pass famous landmarks…
Sailing underneath the Forth Rail Bridge, South Queensferry
…and drop anchor amidst a fiery sunset
Competition entry. Sunset on Loch Creran, Argyll © Derek McFarlane
It’s even possible to have the entire bay all to yourself
Loch Eriboll © Alan Hendry. Courtesy of Sail Scotland
Land ahoy! Paradisal beaches await with turquoise seas and glistening white sands
Competition entry. White sands and stormy skies, Barra © Julia Amies-Green
A selection of these stunning shots are courtesy of Sail Scotland (see image credits) and they were featured as entries in last year’s Sail Scotland Photo Competition 2015. Entries for the 2016 competition are open until the end of August – this year’s judging panel includes the acclaimed sailing photographer Marc Turner. Good luck everyone!
Is a sailing trip on the horizon for you? Find marinas and boatyards in Scotland, check the sailing weather forecast and visit our sailing page for more inspiration. Always stay safe on the water with these tips from the RNLI.
Don’t forget to share your salty moments at sea with us using the hashtag #ScotSpirit!