A once in a lifetime opportunity to sail around the British Isles on a 70ft ketch this will allow you to explore many parts of the UK that you might otherwise never see. Did you know Scotland is surrounded by more than 600 islands and the best way to discover them is on the water?
A once in a lifetime opportunity to lesurley cruise around the British Isles on a 70ft ketch this will allow you to explore many parts of the UK that you might otherwise never see. Did you know Scotland is surrounded by more than 600 islands and the best way to discover them is on the water? Britain's is blessed with historic castles, cities both old and modern, rolling countryside making it a great land to explore on your free time ashore. We will be spending the night in some of the UKs costal ports ports giving you time to explore the many hidden tresures of the British Isles.
We will start and finish in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, there’s nowhere better than Cowes for sailing. This is the home of Cowes Week, the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world. Cowes is a vibrant, exciting place at any time, with sporting and cultural events throughout the year. It’s a sophisticated resort you won’t want to miss. The town stretches across the mouth of the River Medina estuary.
Located on the Isle of Wight on the west bank of the Estuary of the River Medina, Cowes is a lively and popular seaport and a mecca for sailors from all over the world, who descend on the marina each year for Cowes Week and numerous other world famous regattas. Cowes itself is compact with a good selection of sailing shops, pubs and restaurants and at night time comes alive especially during Cowes Week and the summer months.
Ramsgate has been a popular seaside resort since the 19th Century with a rich maritime heritage. Today it mixes this strong maritime tradition with fine architecture, its unique and stunning Royal Harbour, blossoming arts scene, traditional market, harbour side café culture, intimate cafés, friendly pubs and a lively night life.
Located on Yorkshire’s North Sea coast, Scarborough has been described as the quintessential British seaside resort and has been attracting holiday makers for over 400 years’. Set amidst stunning countryside, overlooked by Scarborough castle and overlooking sweeping bays complete with harbour, and marina.
Amble is a town, civil parish and seaport on the North Sea coast of Northumberland, England. It lies at the mouth of the River Coquet, and the nearby Coquet Island is visible from its beaches and harbour.
Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
Macduff is a town in the Banff and Buchan area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is situated on Banff Bay and faces the town of Banff across the estuary of the River Deveron.
Inverness is a city on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. It's the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. Its Old Town features 19th-century Inverness Cathedral, the mostly 18th-century Old High Church and an indoor Victorian Market selling food, clothing and crafts. The contemporary Inverness Museum and Art Gallery traces local and Highland history.
Fort William is a town in the western Scottish Highlands, on the shores of Loch Linnhe. It’s known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak, and Glen Nevis valley, home to Steall Falls. The nearby Nevis Range Mountain Resort has ski runs and forest trails. In the town centre, the West Highland Museum focused on regional life and history. To the northeast, Ben Nevis Distillery explores whisky production.
The Isles of Argyll are romantic, beautiful, inspirational and incredibly popular with visitors returning each year, some as a heartfelt pilgrimage. These places are truly unique and present some stunning scenery and attractions such as the Tobermory village, doubled as Balamory on children’s television, Iona Abbey, Ben More and of course any of the six distilleries on Islay famous for unique whisky flavour exported around the world
The capital of Northern Ireland and Birthplace of RMS Titanic, the city of Belfast is situated at the mouth of the River Lagan and surrounded by mountains. With a rich heritage the city has in recent years become a thriving centre for culture and for the arts. Visit the Titanic quarter and waterfront with its maritime historic landmarks and Titanic Belfast visitor attraction or alternatively visit the cities many art galleries and museums or simply enjoy many cafés and bars.
The special feature of Ireland is the cultural heritage with Celtic ruins, medieval castles and beautiful dramatic landscapes. The myths, beautiful music, cozy pubs and the hospitality of the people make Ireland ideal for a special sailing holiday. The acclaimed coast of Ireland, from the rugged cliffs of Cork to the secluded peninsula in the northwest has great appeal.
Blessed with stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles along the gorgeous Cornish coastline, Falmouth – located at the southern end of the Fal Estuary, arguably the U.K.'s most picturesque network of creeks & rivers – is a fine example of just how beautiful Britain really is and is the perfect place to lay back and soak up the summer sunshine, enjoy a relaxing stroll or try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling.
Weymouth and Portland is a local government district and borough in Dorset, England. It consists of the resort of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland, and includes the areas of Wyke Regis, Preston, and Melcombe.
Leg 1 Cowes to Edinburgh
Leg 2 Edinburgh to Belfast (May Through the Canal)
Leg 2 Edinburgh to Belfast (August around the top)
Leg 3 Belfast to Cowes
Important Please Read
Spending a long period on-board a yacht in a relatively confined space with unfamiliar crew is a challenge and should not be undertaken lightly. Please consider this before deciding to join us on our Round Britain voyage. Whilst undertaking the passage around Britain everybody on board will be fully expected to take a full and active role in the running of the vessel including sail hoists, helping with preparing food, cleaning the yacht, as well as helping to come alongside and secure the yacht. If getting hands on is not your thing then this adventure is probably not for you. This trip will also involve some overnight sails where watch systems will be set out for the crew and everyone will be expected to take part.
Your safety is our highest priority so we insist that whilst on deck life jackets are worn at all times.
We may decide to change our ports and departure times at short notice when weather dictates.
We take your safety and that of the vessel extremely seriously and as such we reserve the right to alter or amend itineraries in the case of bad weather, tide or Foreign Office/Maritime Agencies advice.
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Southampton International Airport
Direct trains to Southampton
Red Jet Ferry
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Flights from Southampton Airport
Ferry service from Isle of Wight to Portsmouth or Southampton