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Sailing holidays and yacht charter in Scotland

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Sailing in Scotland

Longbow Cruising is a member of Sail Scotland, who have general information about yacht charter, publish a brochure and are represented at the annual London Boat Show. Ted is also a member of the Association of Scottish Yacht Charterers and Scottish Marine Wildlife Operators Association.

Longbow can be chartered specifically to participate in a particular event, but you can equally well decide just to watch from a distance or simply cruise elsewhere. Annual special events include:

Please note that racing must be discussed with the skipper in advance, since an additional insurance premium may be necessary.

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Training and regulation

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) oversees a lot of sailing activity in the UK, and also has advice on chartering.

Ted trained at the UK Sailing Academy in Cowes, to ensure that he holds all the necessary qualifications. He is featured in their 'case studies' of graduates' careers.

Please note: we are not Longbow Sail Training, based in Cornwall. They produce "The Complete Course" and "Fast-track Collision Avoidance Rules" CD-ROMs for sailing instruction.

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Travel to and around Scotland

Glasgow and the Clyde

[Image: When on the Clyde Longbow operates from the Gareloch, less than an hour from Glasgow but with views of the mountains of Argyll.]

Helensburgh (map) is 45 minutes by direct train from Glasgow Queen Street, with trains every half hour. It also lies on the direct Fort William overnight sleeper from London.

Glasgow can also be reached by overnight sleeper train from London. Glasgow is normally 5-6 hours away from London by Virgin or GNER trains.

Most UK rail timetables and prices can be found at National Rail, and tickets for all rail companies (including sleepers) are available from Qjump.

Glasgow is well served by the growth in budget airlines:
Easyjet fly from London Stansted, London Luton, Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands and Amsterdam;
Ryanair fly to Glasgow Prestwick (45 mins outside Glasgow) from London Stansted, Bournemouth, Dublin, Shannon and several other European destinations;
Bmibaby fly to Glasgow from East Midlands airport and to Prestwick from Cardiff;
Flybe fly from Birmingham, Exeter, Jersey and Guernsey, Cork, Shannon, Toulouse and even New York!
Each of these airlines has information about travelling to and from Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick, by bus and/or rail. There are of course also flights from many destinations with BA, bmi British Midland, KLM etc.

Oban and Ardfern

Oban (map) is about three hours from Glasgow by road or rail (three trains per day). The West Highland Line is extremely scenic and can be considered as the start to your holiday. Scottish Citylink operate coaches to Oban and also a Campbeltown service that stops at Lochgilphead, a little further south.

We can advise on travel from Oban or Lochgilphead to the marina at Ardfern (map), from where west coast cruises usually begin. There is a local bus service but it does not run on Sundays. We can also help you with finding a B&B; or hotel if you wish to extend your stay.

Ardfern is also near to the archeological sites at Kilmartin, some of which are 5000 years old.

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Other sites about sailing and Scotland

We are also listed in a number of travel/sailing sites (all open in a new window):

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