Explore Great Britain in comfort and privacy by chartering a yacht. You may choose a modern motorised yacht or a classic sailing vessel. Meander around the Western Isles or the South Coast and never worry about having to re-pack or move hotels.
Charter a yacht from Gosport or Portsmouth for a short trip around the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Stop off in Cowes for lunch. If the weather and tide are with you, you will be able to spend a weekend sailing to Southampton and Lymington. Take time out to visit the historic dockyard at Portsmouth.
Sail towards the southwest and explore 185 million years of natural heritage along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Start at Poole Harbour in a motor launch or even a catamaran for the experienced. A skipper will find somewhere quiet to anchor for lunch or sunbathing. Take some time out for a fossil hunting walk. There may be some old dinosaurs lurking in the rocks. Sail around Durdle Door, one of the Jurassic Coast’s most famous landmarks near Lulworth, without facing the crowds on land.
A yacht charter around the Cornwall coast over a day or longer offers the chance of exploring small Cornish fishing villages and isolated creeks along the coast. The locations are within easy reach of Falmouth Harbour and you’ll have a skipper to guide you if you are not experienced sailors. The adventurous can travel further beyond Land’s End to the Isles of Scilly. Everyone will say hello to you when you disembark at one of the 100 or so islands. This is one of the best places in Britain to see the Milky Way in the sky at night.
Cruise around Tremadog Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula to see the castles off the North Wales coast. All of these are set against the background of the Snowdonia Mountains. Turn around into the Menai Straits and cruise around Anglesey. You can stop off at one of the island’s numerous empty beaches to enjoy a picnic. When the wind and tide are with you, experienced sailors can reach up to eight knots on this stretch of the British coast.
Any mountaineers on board can enjoy the classic climb up the vertical cliffs of South Stack, just outside Holyhead. The wildlife here is stunning. You can see guillemots, puffins, gannets and cormorants galore. Friendly seals and porpoises will follow your yacht. Seafood enthusiasts can even collect lunch from the many molluscs that land ashore.
Spend a weekend or a week on a skippered yacht charter from Oban and around the Western Isles. Cruise through the Isles to Barra and Skye. For a really adventurous holiday, cross the Minches to the Outer Hebrides. This part of the sea is open to the Atlantic Ocean’s turquoise beauty. Endless miles of sheltered bays and pools along Lewis, Harris and North and South Uist make perfect anchorages. Make your yacht charter a true voyage by continuing to St. Kilda with a fully qualified skipper.
The North Sea off the Northumbrian coast offers lots of opportunities to spy whales and dolphins. Watch the dolphin’s leaping antics close to your yacht. The occasional basking shark (a gentle, harmless creature) comes for a visit.
Sail from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. This group of islands was where Grace Darling, who together with her father saved 17 lives from a shipwreck, spent most of her life. Visit Longstone Lighthouse where she first spied the stricken ship. Thousands of terns roost here in summer with kittiwakes and puffins, locally known as sea parrots, keeping them company.
Whether you are looking for a luxury, sightseeing holiday or an adventure in the waves, chartering a yacht will show you hidden treasures of the British coast.