West Coast Sailing Trips

February 27, 2020 in Uncategorized by Colin

We recently relocated our yacht to a new base at Dunstaffnage Marina and we were keen to explore all the new places we could go for shorter trips and day sails. These are just a few of the stunning places that we loved exploring on the West Coast.

Dallens Bay – Day Sail

We chose Dallens Bay as the first day trip as it looked like it would be a beautiful sail to get there. Heading out of Dunstaffnage Marina we were instantly awestruck by the 360 degree view of the mountains that surrounded us. We turned north and sailed up Loch Linnhe, keeping Lismore Island on our left. From here we passed Port Appin where there is a lovely restaurant, The Pierhouse Hotel, should we have fancied a lunch stop.

Continuing to sail up Loch Linnhe we passed Castle Stalker which stands on its own island in the loch. This is an extremely picturesque spot to anchor a yacht and tender ashore, and we did just that. Viewed from across the bay, the range of mountains that tower over Oban and the surrounding area are just stunning.

After we had relaxed on shore and had our picnic lunch we returned to the yacht and sailed back to Dunstaffnage Marina. We couldn’t have chosen a better destination for our first sail on the West Coast, and after viewing the stunning scenery we couldn’t wait to get back out on another day sail.

Phuilladobhrain – Day Sail

The next time we ventured out on the West Coast we decided to sail south instead and explore Puilladobhrain. From Dunstaffnage we sailed straight down, hugging the coastline, passing Oban itself, until we reached the island of Kerrera. This is a tiny island just off Oban Bay which is home to the extremely picturesque ruined Gylen Castle. It is very characteristic of sailing in Scotland that you get to sail past so many ruined castles – they look amazing seen from the water!

From here we sailed down the Sound of Kerrera and out the other side, before heading straight down to Puilladobhrain. This is a lovely spot that is perfect for anchoring in before tendering to the shore. It is only a short walk from there to Clachan Seil, a small village which is known for one thing: the so-called Bridge Over the Atlantic. This is an impressive stone bridge built in 1793 and definitely worth a visit.

After exploring the local area we made our way back to the tender and rowed back to the yacht. From here we sailed back past Kerrera, but chose the Firth of Lorne side instead so we had a fantastic view over to Mull on the West. After sailing up the Firth of Lorne we finished back in Dunstaffnage, having already decided that our next sail would be a longer one to the Isle of Mull.

Tobermory – Two Day Sail

Sailing to Mull, we headed out of Dunstaffnage and kept sailing west straight across the Firth of Lorne and into the Sound of Mull, passing yet another castle en route. Duart Castle, however, is not a ruin and stands proudly on a rocky crag looking out over the peninsula that juts into the Sound of Mull.

After sailing past the castle, our route took us halfway up the Sound of Mull before we decided to make a detour for lunch. Sailing in to Lochaline on the mainland we berthed at the local harbour and had a picnic lunch. For those who fancy a longer stay here there is a fantastic restaurant called The Whitehouse just a ten minute walk from the harbour.

Lochaline is also a perfect location for a day sail, however, after we set sail again we continued on towards Tobermory. Once we had reached Tobermory we berthed in the extremely picturesque harbour and spent a bit of time exploring the town. Near the harbour there are a couple of nice looking restaurants, including Macgochan’s and The Mishnish Hotel, which is where we had dinner before settling in for the night.

The next day we had a leisurely start and then sailed directly all the way back through the Sound of Mull, across the Firth of Lorne and in to Dunstaffnage. It was fantastic being able to get further afield and stay overnight in such a stunning place on the Isle of Mull.

It’s safe to say that after exploring these stunning places on the West Coast, we can’t wait to get back out next season for more day trips with our customers. Join us for an adventure.