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Five reasons to set sail for Argyll & The Isles

15 Jun 2015

In Argyll & The Isles, you’ll find some of the best sailing waters not only in Britain, but in the world. With 3,175 miles of coastline, you could spend many happy seasons exploring the islands, anchorages, inlets and secret coves of this beautiful area. From stunning scenery to marvellous marinas, there are hundreds of reasons to set sail for Argyll & The Isles. Here are just five of them…

Wildlife galore

Otters, golden and sea eagles, basking sharks, seals, puffins, porpoises: the waters around Argyll & the Isles teem with wildlife. Mull is known as ‘Eagle Island’ thanks to its population of golden and white-tailed sea eagles, while the idyllic Hebridean waters surrounding Coll are a hotspot for basking sharks. If you’re lucky you might see humpback and orca whales around the northern isles of the Inner Hebridean Islands.

Escape the crowds

Argyll & The Isles offers you the chance to escape the crowds and find your own anchorage; just you, the twinkling stars and the sparkling phosphorescence. And when you do fancy a bit of company and a hot shower, there are world-class marinas, vibrant harbours and welcoming hostelries dotting the coastline.

The Kyles of Bute

These beautiful narrow sea straits stretch from Tighnabruaich on Argyll’s Secret Coast around the northern end of the Isle of Bute. You’ll find peaceful spots to anchor, while many of the local hotels offer dedicated visitors' moorings. Watch out for the PS Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, puffing its way ‘doon the watter’.

Island Adventures

Argyll & The Isles is home to 25 inhabited islands. Explore the waters around the Hebridean islands of Mull, Iona, Coll, Tiree, Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay and come ashore for stunning beaches, great walking and warm island hospitality. How about visiting the world-famous whisky distilleries on Islay and Jura? And if you’re looking to get away from it all, there are myriad deserted islands to choose from.

The Crinan Canal

Put the hustle and bustle of everyday life to one side and step into the slow lane. Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of the Crinan Canal, known as 'Britain's most beautiful shortcut'. The canal, which opened in 1808 to allow boats to travel safely between the west coast and the industrial heartland of Scotland, takes around six hours to transit. But there’s no rush. Kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. A journey along the canal is a journey through time, and ancient woods, rock art and forts are found not far from the towpath.

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