What a great opportunity to enjoy Ireland (North and South), the Isle of Man and the West Coast of Scotland – in one superb sailing adventure. Join the yacht in the heart of Dublin as we prepare the boat for the adventure ahead. Enjoy an evening in the city and then early next morning set sail across the Irish Sea to the magical Isle of Man. Here we’ll sail past Calf Sound with its colony of seals and shape our course for a friendly welcome in Peel – a lovely fishing village on the west coast of Man. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this lovely island before we make a passage northwest to close the Irish coast again. North of the border now we speed into Belfast Lough and our next port at lively Bangor in County Down. Next day we leave the Emerald Isle in our wake as we head north east to Scotland towards the dramatic beauty of the Mull of Kintyre. Perhaps there’s time for a visit to Campbeltown in Kintyre before we head North with the tide underneath us for an express run ‘around the Mull’ into the sound of Jura. Ahead lies Islay. Where to stop for the night? The choices abound now. Port Ellen? Or an anchorage at Lagavullin Distillery? Or Gigha island? Next day we can race the porpoises through the Sound of Islay and find an anchorage in the remote natural splendour of West Loch Tarbert in Jura. Take the dinghy ashore, walk on the ancient beaches and sense the freedom of the wilderness. In the morning we haul the anchor and sail on through the islands and our journeys end at friendly Dunstaffnage Haven near Oban.
Travel: Dublin: Air to Dublin Airport. Fast Aircoach to city centre and to marina. Ferries to Dun Laoghaire. Dart rail service to city centre. Oban can be reached by coach or rail from Glasgow. The bus to Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA, and others to Glasgow airport or Ryanair to Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban before and/or after your cruise.