2021 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters and there’s never been a better time to dive into the many delights that await you on its seas, lochs, canals and coasts!
Set sail to sample some of the best and freshest seafood on the planet, capture unforgettable moments at ancient castles, or discover the myths and magic of Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes – Troon Yacht Haven is the perfect base to explore from during the Year of Coasts and Waters!
Take a look at a few of our top picks below and start planning your next sailing adventure!
Stand in awe at the sight of Ailsa Craig
This wee island in the middle of the outer Firth of Clyde has a storied past. It’s said that smugglers, dragons and sea monsters have called it home over the centuries. It’s also one of only two locations in the world to provide granite for curling stones. One thing is for sure, the view of the sun slinking beneath the horizon as the stout silhouette of Ailsa Craig stands defiant is a near-mythical sight.
Go Monster Hunting on Loch Ness
Legendary Loch Ness – home of myths, monsters, and majesty. Take to its iconic waters to explore breathtaking scenery and the on-going mystery of its hide and seek grand champion. After all, everyone needs that one tale of what they think they saw in its inky blue waters…
Share the Sea with Basking Sharks
Set sail for Argyll between May and September and you might just find yourself sharing its waters with the second biggest fish on the planet – the mighty basking shark. Don’t worry - these gentle giants only feed on plankton – but seeing them glide through the water, mouths agape, is a humbling, epic experience.
Want to explore the wilder side of sailing Scotland? Take a look at our guide to the wildlife around Troon!
Seek out the summit of Ben More
You’ll never forget the iconic Isle of Mull and there’s no better way to take in its picture postcard villages, towering medieval castles and wonderful wildlife than from the summit of mighty Ben More. The only island Munro outside of Skye, Ben More’s grand ridged summit offers unforgettable views of the many islands dotted around the Minches. Breathe it all in – the view from the top is something that stays with you.
Sink your toes into Camus Cul an Tabh
Iona, Inner Hebrides
“The Bay at the Back of the Ocean” (so called because the next landfall is Newfoundland) might be one of Iona’s lesser-known beaches but it’s also arguably its most spectacular. Bordered by beautiful wildflower meadows and a cobalt coastline, its blindingly white sands are among the best Scotland has to offer.
Take a Dip in Gourock Pool
Outdoor pools in Scotland. Yes - you read that right. As unlikely as it seems, they do exist, and Gourock Pool – opened in 1909 – is one of the last surviving examples. Possibly because it’s heated. Head along on a Wednesday for the ever-popular midnight swimming sessions and take a unique dip beneath the stars.
Pic: (c) Visit Scotland
Sail beneath The Forth Bridge
Spanning the 2.5 kilometres between the coasts of Edinburgh and Fife, the Forth Bridge is one of the most dramatic man-made structures in Scotland. The iconic red steel bridge is one of the nation’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has been featured in a range of TV programmes, advertising and films - including the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic The 39 Steps (as well as its remakes). Needless to say, sailing beneath the three towers of the cantilever bridge, which soar more than 100 metres into the sky, is an utterly cinematic experience!
Slurp some seafood at The Oyster Shed
Located in the wee village of Carbost on the Isle of Skye, The Oyster Shed Farm Shop’s oysters are grown in the crystal-clear waters of Loch Harport and are said to be some of Scotland’s finest. If oysters don’t take your fancy, the wee hut serves up an array of smoked salmon, mussels, crab, and scallops – as well as delicious cheeses and chutneys. Make sure to wash down all that world-class seafood with a wee dram at the nearby Talisker Distillery, just a short walk from the Shed.
Canter up to The Kelpies
Forth & Clyde Canal
Clad in almost 1000 shimmering steel panels, standing the same height as six and a half double decker buses, and weighing more than 600 tonnes, The Kelpies are the world’s largest equine sculptures. Designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies form the gateway to the historic Forth & Clyde Canal in Grangemouth near Falkirk and serve as monumental tributes to the horse-powered heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland. Visit at night to see the sculptures’ light show – it’ll take your breath away!
Pic: (c) Visit Scotland
Plan your next adventure
Looking for some inspiration for your next sailing escape?
From sinking your feet into some of Scotland’s most spectacular sands and undertaking a weekend full of incredible sights and experiences to sampling some of the scrumptious scran around the Haven, there are countless adventures to be had around Troon Yacht Haven. What are you waiting for?
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