The Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in the British Isles, and as a result has been a key attraction for recreational sailing for well over a hundred years. With the increase in marinas and support facilities it has become increasingly popular as a playground for local owners, as a destination for sailors sailing their own yachts or for those looking for a charter yacht holiday.
The Clyde now as a choice of marinas with capacity for several thousand boats, a host of marine services on offer and best of all a wonderfully scenic cruising area in which to enjoy being afloat. Setting out from one of Ayrshire's marinas you can take advantage of a host of wonderfully scenic destinationsnranging from sheltered bays to busy fishing harbours. It is this shelter which makes this part of Scotland ideal for holiday sailors.
Travelling further afield and the Clyde’s long lochs penetrate deep into the Highland landscapes, whilst off the Ayrshire coast you will come across a scatter of islands, each of different size and character. Arran, large and mountainous; Bute, smaller and more pastoral, whilst the small islands of Great and Little Cumbrae can be circumnavigated in an afternoon.
But you don't need to be a sailor to enjoy a Cruise on the Firth of Clyde! you can enjoy a cruise on the world's oldest sea going paddle steamer - The Waverley.
Steam “Doon the Watter”- Bring back magical memories or create new ones as you visit Rothesay, explore Islands: Arran, Bute & Cumbrae or relax in the sun on deck and take in mountain panoramas as you cruise amidst dramatic loch scenery. You can dine, relax with a drink in one of our restored period lounges, or simply watch the world slip by as you enjoy breathtaking views.