Sailing destinations

Rival Sailing’s location in the west of Scotland means that we’re within reach of lots of attractive sailing destinations. Why not combine a charter cruise on board yacht East End Endeavour with some of your favourite holiday activities?

Food and drink often plays a big role in Rival Sailing cruises, from indulging in fine cuisine in renowned restaurants to visiting the remotest pubs in Scotland, e.g. the Old Forge Inn of Loch Nevis, Knoydart. If you’re a whisky aficionado, a charter cruise could be the perfect opportunity to sample some of Scotland’s famous single malts. Why not plan a visit to one or more of Scotland’s west coast distilleries? There is one distillery or more in Campbeltown, Oban, Fort William and the Isles of Arran, Jura, Mull and Skye – while the Isle of Islay has eight!

Culture vultures could explore Scottish arts and crafts industries, and perhaps visit the Centre for World Peace and Health on the Holy Isle (Firth of Clyde) or join a guided tour of historic houses such as Brodick Castle (Isle of Arran), Mount Stuart House (Isle of Bute) or Kinloch Castle (Isle of Rum). Where possible, we’ll try to accommodate requests to coincide cruises with arts or music festivals, exhibitions and other events at specific sailing destinations.

For history enthusiasts, East End Endeavour’s favourite sailing destinations are chock-a-block with heritage centres, museums, monuments, castles and other historic sites, reflecting Scotland’s fascinating and diverse past. From the Neolithic era through the Viking age and into modern Scottish history, the west coast and islands are steeped in history and have something to offer everyone. Your cruise could perhaps include a trip to the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre or other local history museum, or take in dramatic medieval ruins such as Lochranza Castle (Isle of Arran), Duart Castle (Isle of Mull) or Kisimul Castle (Castlebay, Barra). 

If you’re looking to add extra outdoor activities to sailing, why not hire bikes in Millport for a cycle round Greater Cumbrae or indulge in a spot of fishing from the comfort of the boat? You could also consider combining your cruise with a few rounds of golf on a links course or plan a hill-walking expedition amid some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery in destinations like Arran, Skye or Knoydart. For nature lovers, the area is a haven for an amazing variety of wildlife, marine mammals and seabirds – for more details see Location > Sea life.

You might find it useful to check the VisitScotland website for more ideas and information. Contact us if you’d like to discuss any add-on options. Please note that additional charges may apply for bespoke charter cruises depending on the type of add-on activities you choose.

As always, even the best-laid plans are subject to change if weather or sea conditions are unfavourable, but we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

Cumbrae & Arran, Firth of Clyde
Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde
Millport, Firth of Clyde
Lochranza, Isle of Arran
Holy Island, Firth of Clyde
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Arisaig, Inverness-shire
Fladda, Sound of Jura
Rathlin Island, County Antrim
Lochboisdale, South Uist