Set Sail in North Ayrshire and discover true island gems

31 Mar 2016

As the new sailing season begins, North Ayrshire is securing its status as one of the top sailing destinations in the UK with the opening of 26 more moorings around its popular islands of Arran and Great Cumbrae. And the message to Irish sailors is clear - come on over and experience world class sailing and the warm hospitality of our island communities.

Situated on the Clyde Estuary, North Ayrshire is unrivalled as a quality sailing destination, with sheltered waters, breathtaking scenery and superb facilities. Attracting sailors from all over Britain, Western Europe and America, it offers a mix of opportunities for novices and world-travelled yachtsmen alike. Now, following funding from the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund and North Ayrshire Council (NAC), there are almost 70 moorings at Millport and five villages on Arran, making it easy for visiting sailors to step ashore and experience the superb local produce and local tourist facilities.

“North Ayrshire is regarded by many as offering some of the best sailing in Europe, with a spectacular coastline stretching from Irvine to Largs and vast, uncrowded waters,” says North Ayrshire Council, Head of Connected Communities Audrey Sutton.

“But it’s the allure of the isles, with their hidden coves and abundant wildlife which proves irresistible to many. The new moorings project was initiated by consumer demand and has been brought to life following joint working from North Ayrshire Council, VisitArran and Cumbrae Community Development Group. We look forward to welcoming new and old friends from across the Irish Sea to experience and enjoy our facilities and local attractions.”

Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran offers visitors a mix of mountains, wildlife, outdoor activities, heritage, craft and, of course, whisky. With its 10 mile coastline, Cumbrae is most famous as ‘the cycle island’. A popular seaside resort, it provides a traditional island experience with great local food, wildlife and award winning sandy beaches. Its easy accessibility helps it attract yachts from all over Europe and beyond.

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