Sailing In Scotland - See it all without climbing a 3000ft mountain
Sailing a few miles off the coast you can see the mountain ranges stretching out to the far horizon and the Western Isles silhouetted against a silvery sea. The highland interior maybe tantalising blocked for a few miles behind an impressive sea cliff of a nearby island, or a Minke whale sighting may distract you, but the next dash across open water reveals a new landscape.
Nautical charts don’t show all the land features so a popular game in spring is to guess the name of snow capped peaks inland amongst the complex succession of hazy purple ridgelines and glacial valleys.
Linking up with Laurie’s favourite fishing boats, visiting sustainable fisheries and shellfish suppliers and watching or helping Laurie prepare your meals will help you understand how Scotland has become one of Europe’s leading destinations for ‘foodies’ and why the West Coast of Scotland has such great seafood.
You turn up on the quay and we create the adventure - Lizzie May is deliberately based in Largs (good rail transport links & Glasgow International Airport) for part of the year so you can try traditional sailing in Scotland for a weekend.
No sailing experience is necessary and Jerry or Laurie will teach you everything you need to hoist gaff sails, steer and manoeuvre the boat. If you are an experienced sailor and want to throw around a powerful working boat with 5 sails and a 16ft bowsprit then these weekends are for you too.
The combination of local knowledge of all three skippers should create a very special voyage.
Tall ship Oosterschelde –Sailing & Wildlife Voyages to the Outer Hebrides and remote St Kilda
updated 7-5-2010. DP
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