Sail Around Scotland?

This is now possible for experienced sailors on "Merlins Magic" with her Coastguard MCA Code Category 3 allowing up to 40 miles between safe havens.

To complement the full MCA coded equipment on board, all charts, plotter cards, Pilots and Tidal Stream Atlases are provided and we can help you online with passage planning prior to your cruise.

As a suggested route plan, consider going anti-clockwise -- there are some surprising advantages this way round!   cape wrath

Follow the Moray Firth northeast, then take the northern route – http://www.sailnorthscotland.com/   – along the rugged Caithness coast to Wick; advice from the HarbourMaster here will help with the tricky tides through the treacherous and often dangerous Pentland Firth.

Scrabster inner harbour is well sheltered and you can recharge everything here ready for the long trek west along the north coast.

There are several small harbours along Scotland’s north coast, with the safest being Melness near Tongue; the 1 metre draught of Merlins Magic’s twin keels is a great advantage hereabouts.

Around fearsome CAPE WRATH to the absolute haven of Kinlochbervie -- and the North West coast is open to you! Lochinver, Old Dornie, Ullapool or Loch Harport are good stop off points; Kyleakin Harbour is excellent.

Go either east or west around the Isle of Skye, depending of course on weather and tides, and head for Ardnamurchan Point, then find welcome shelter in the Sound of Mull, with maybe a stopover at Tobermory. Then a fairly sheltered hop to Oban, or direct to Fort William and enter the Caledonian Canal at Corpach.

With a following wind from the southwest, you should be back at Seaport Base in another day or two!

POSSIBLE -- maybe, with care -- in two weeks? Three weeks allows a more considered approach!



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