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23 October 2018.

Oban, Sailing

The rugged coastline and mountainous islands along Scotland’s west coast, with their white sand beaches and turquoise waters, provide a truly spell binding backdrop for a sailing holiday. Scotland, and particularly it’s west coast, is a hugely popular sailing destination. A myriad of sea lochs, secluded bays, islets and quiet coastal towns and villages offer endless opportunities for exploration. These settings, coupled with a rich ocean environment that supports a diverse mix of wildlife, is what entices sailors to return here time and again.

Scotland’s coastal cliffs house some of the largest colonies of sea birds to be found anywhere in the world. Sightings of Basking sharks are not uncommon during the summer months and sometimes these huge fish can be found shoaling in large numbers. Pilot whales, Minke whales, Orca’s and dolphins are either permanent residents or frequent visitors to Scottish waters. And the relatively inaccessible rocky coastline and uninhabited islands provide safe haven for the world’s largest population of grey seals and a sizeable community of harbour seals. Sea Eagles are also on the increase in Scotland since they were reintroduced to Mull in the mid nineteen eighties. And another creature common to Scottish waters is the ever popular Sea Otter, which like the other animals mentioned is often best viewed from the water. This is why Sailing offers nature lovers the best opportunity to see Scotland’s marine wildlife in its natural habitat.

Oban is surrounded by marinas from where it is possible to charter yachts. The unqualified can charter yacht and skipper while bareboat charters are available to those with appropriate RYA or equivalent qualifications. Some of the yacht charter operations and other independent companies provide RYA accredited courses to those with or without previous yachting experience.

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