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Adventure sailing holidays: Scotland’s Clyde area

Adventure sailing holidays: Scotland’s Clyde area





A magical holiday sailing, training and exploring the beautiful west coast of Scotland and its world famous islands

This wonderful, sheltered cruising ground is one of the real highlights of sailing on the Scottish west coast. The scenery is magnificent, with castles, mountains, islands, and picture perfect harbours and ancohorages
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These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

TRIP CODE: GTG09082021

  • Start date / place: August 09 2021. Glasgow, UK
  • End date / place: August 14. Glasgow, UK
  • Full price: £899
  • Deposit: £400




This is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.

Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.

Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.

Explore the beautiful small isles on the west coast of Scotland and experience a fantastic mixture of sailing, exploring and wildlife. The exact itinerary will always be dependent on the wind and weather we get at the time, but this is a standard plan to give you an idea of what to expect.

This wonderful, sheltered cruising ground is one of the real highlights of sailing on the Scottish west coast. The scenery is magnificent, with castles, mountains, islands, and picture perfect harbours and anchorages
We will explore Loch Fyne and the picturesque fishing village of Tarbet, overlooked by the illuminated remains of Tarbert Castle. We then sail north past Ardrishaig and the entrance to the famous Crinan Canal, before continuing to the more remote destinations on Loch Fyne. Otter Ferry and Strachur are lovely places to stop for lunch, and there are some truly beautiful anchorages around Loch Gair, Minard Bay and Lachlan Bay (home to another castle ruin and a real hidden gem of a restaurant).
Deeper into upper Loch Fyne we’ll sail to the lovely town of Inveraray, and at the very head of the loch is the well-known Oyster Bar should we be feeling ready for a small extravagance! Other destinations we can visit are Campbeltown, Ardrishaig and Rothesay and the beautiful Isle of Bute. At Lamlash on Arran or in the Kyles of Bute there are some more wonderful anchorages.
Arran itself is often called ‘Scotland in Miniature’ as it has almost all the elements of the whole of Scotland including mountains, castles, beaches, golf courses, a brewery and a distillery. The Kyles of Bute is one of the prettiest open-water passages in Britain, with fjord-like channels between heather-clad hills, past sleepy villages and through groups of islands. What’s more, every half-mile or so there is an anchorage to stop for lunch or for the night! Ashore, the village pubs and restaurants are renowned for their good food and pleasant ambience.
Wildlife you may see

Scotland is of course famous for its seabirds, and you can expect to see kestrels, sparrowhawks, black guillemots, white-tailed eagles and fulmars. The island of Rum is famous for the size of its Manx shearwater colony and they make an extraordinary sight as they circle the cliffs.  You also have a good chance of seeing common, bottlenose & whitebeak dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a basking shark or minke whale!



  • You should join the boat at 1100hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
  • You will disembark between 0700 and 1200hrs on the end day.
  • For the exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab



These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route


We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here


We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.

Fitness to sail


Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.

See the Medical Declaration here


  • All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
  • Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.


For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.


  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.


  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
  • Any meals you eat ashore.


Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.


  • The charming whisky distillery town of Oban
  • Explore the magical island of Mull
  • Perfect introductory sailing
  • Earn your RYA Competent Crew certificate

Usual crew profile

  • 90% join solo
  • 50:50 male and female
  • All ages welcome

What’s included

  • All food and accommodation aboard
  • Foul weather and safety equipment
  • Expert instruction throughout

What’s not included

  • Flights to or from start and end points
  • Travel insurance