New Horizon Sailing
Ulva Boathouse

Useful Links & Book List

Places & Interesting Sites
www.scotland-info.co.uk information on the islands plus links
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk general information
www.visitscotland.com the Scottish Tourist Board
www.yachthavens.com includes info on Troon and Marina
www.oban.org.uk Oban info plus web cam
www.isle.of.mull.com info on Mull plus interesting aerial photos
www.tobermoryharbour.co.uk site of the Tobermory Harbour Association
www.uisge.com info on distilleries and their island locations
www.kilda.org.uk interesting info about St Kilda
www.shiantisles.net homely site for the Shiants
www.gigha.org.uk the Gigha islanders' own site
www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/rum.html info on Rhum and other islands
www.skye.co.uk info on Skye
www.visitarran.net some pictures of Arran
www.worldcruising.com The Malts Cruise
www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/southandwest/index.asp birds in western Scotland
www.kilda.org.uk St Kilda - World Heritage Site
www.shetland.org info and pictures on the Shetland Islands
www.visitorkney.com info and pictures on Orkney
www.visit-faroeislands.com info and pictures on the Faroe Islands
www.faroeislands.com all you want to know about the Faroe Islands
Travel
www.calmac.co.uk inter-island ferries plus some local info
www.scotrail.co.uk trains:
Glasgow/Oban (for Mull)
Inverness/Thurso (for Orkney)
London/ Aberdeen
www.gpia.co.uk Prestwick Airport and destinations
www.baa.com/ Glasgow Airport and destinations
www.ryanair.com low cost flights to Prestwick and Inverness
www.easyjet.com low cost flights to Glasgow and Inverness
www.ba.com flights to Glasgow and Inverness
www.flybe.com flights to Barra and Kirkwall
www.atlantic.fo flights to the Faroe Islands
www.smyril-line.com ferries to Faroe and Iceland
www.rac.co.uk maps and traffic info
www.hial.co.uk/ flights to/from Orkney
www.invernessairport.co.uk/ flights for Orkney, London and beyond
www.aberdeenairport.com flights for Orkney, London and beyond
www.northlinkferries.co.uk ferry links to Orkney and Shetland
www.citylink.co.uk coach travel from Glasgow (including the airport) to Oban and from Inverness to Scrabster (for Orkney)
www.jogferry.co.uk small ferry from John O’Groats to Orkney - possible to travel by coach-ferry-coach from Inverness to Kirkwall
www.virgintrains.co.uk trains to Glasgow via the West Coast line
www.lner.co.uk trains to Glasgow via the East Coast line
www.pentlandferries.co.uk small car ferry from John O' Groats to Orkney
www.visitbodo.com good place to start planning travel to the Lofoten Islands
www.ireland.com good place to start planning a trip to Ireland
www.irishtourist.com good place to start planning travel to Ireland
www.corkairport.com includes onward connections
www.buseireann.ie bus timetables from Cork Airport to Kinsale and Cahersiveen
Weather, Tides & General
easytide.ukho.gov.uk tidal predictions
www.metoffice.gov.uk the met office
wwwa.accuweather.com includes sailing weather for Prestwick and Oban
www.weatheronline.co.uk the same but note the differences
www.xcweather.co.uk we have found this forecast to be reliable
gribfiles.com weather information in GRIB format
www.rya.org.uk the Royal Yachting Association site
www.oystermarine.com Oyster Yachts
www.highlatitudes.com Arctic sailing info and photos
www.macsailing.net Find apps for the I-phone incl. Navionics

The following books will help get you into the spirit of the area – we keep some of them on the boat:

The Scottish Islands – A comprehensive guide to every Scottish Island
A large volume incorporating current day facts as well as history and anecdotes. Illustrated and very readable.
Author: Hamish Haswell-Smith
Publisher: Canongate

An Island Odyssey – Among the Scottish Isles in the Wake of Martin Martin
By the same author and publisher, a beautifully illustrated quick tour through a number of islands including the Shiants, St Kilda, the Small Isles, Staffa, Gigha and Sanda.

The Hebrides – a guide to the islands of Western Scotland
Author: Martin Coventry
Publisher: Goblin’s Head

An eye on the Hebrides – an illustrated journey
Author: Mairi Hedderwick
Publisher: Canongate

Scottish Island Hopping
Author: H Andrews and others
Publisher: Polygon

The Yachtsman’s Pilot
Sailing Directions in four volumes covering from the Mull of Galloway to Cape Wrath and including the Mainland coast and all the islands – lots of photographs, sketches etc.
Author: Martin Lawrence
Publisher: Imray

The Brendan Voyage
In a leather boat from Ireland to North America via Iona, the Outer Hebrides, Faroe and Iceland.
Author: Tim Severin
Publisher: Gill and Macmillan

The Lighthouse Stevensons
Four generations of this family, which included Robert Louis Stevenson of “Kidnapped” fame, built every lighthouse around Scotland.
Author: Bella Bathurst
Publisher: Harper Perennial