A skippered, hands-on, sailing holiday or RYA Training Course on the West Coast of Scotland. Sailing amongst the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland in comfort aboard a quality Oyster yacht. Charter a berth or the whole boat.
Or you can take a RYA Practical Training Course at this accredited sailing school. You can combine a sailing holiday with RYA approved training from Start Yachting, to Competent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster preparation.
In 2024 we will sail in the Firth of Clyde, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. The programme gives the opportunity for both long sailing passages as well as relaxed exploration of the myriad beautiful anchorages in this superb cruising area. On most days, there is the opportunity for walks ashore, which can range from energetic scrambles to relaxed strolls on the beach.
The Scottish West Coast, the islands of the Hebrides, Orkney & Shetland are as spectacular as the wildlife that inhabits them. There is no better way to visit than from the sea.
Join us for exhilarating Scottish sailing as we explore aboard our pedigree Oyster yacht which combines comfort with proven sailing ability.
Discover deep sea lochs, dramatic mountains, puffins, dolphins, whales or eagles and, at the end of the day, good food and like-minded company in one of the many secluded anchorages.
The short video on the right, by friend and frequent guest Tamas, shows us sailing in the area of Skye, Canna, Rum, Muck and Eigg and to our evening anchorage near the ancient Castle Tioram in Loch Moidart.
Richard is your skipper and host, He is equally happy to handle the boat or leave you to sail while he keeps the mugs of tea and coffee topped up, prepares the meals or uncorks the wine.
He is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Instructor with many years experience sailing the waters of the Scottish West Coast, the Northern Isles, the Faroe Islands, Arctic Norway as well as the Caribbean, Mediterranean and coasts of France and Spain. Those who want to learn more will find him a calm and patient coach.
Experienced sailors will enjoy improving their navigation and boat handling skills in an area with interesting tides and snug anchorages. Beginners will soon find themselves spending time at the wheel, trimming the sails or launching the dinghy.
We welcome all ages (from five to eighty-five so far), beginners as well as veteran sailors, people travelling on their own as well as couples and whole boat groups. Half of guests are female and repeat guests make up well over 90% of bookings.
Favourite memories include;
reefed-down sailing in magnificent winds, barrelling along with the tide in narrow channels, dry-mouthed moments creeping into tight anchorages or landing on rocky shores in the tender.
a stroll on an empty beach, local hospitality, laughing at the antics of puffins around their burrows, the excitement of sighting the first dolphins or the craic over an excellent dinner as we share favourite experiences.
Whatever your age or experience, whether looking for a relaxing sailing holiday in Scotland cruising between islands, an approved RYA sailing course, a concentrated week of mile building in the Outer Hebrides, a short break, or more adventurous sailing to St. Kilda, Orkney, Fair Isle, or Shetland you will find something to suit you.
In keeping with the New Horizon Sailing concept of choice – of top yacht, great location, guaranteed warm welcome and quality of experience, we offer:
Sailing Holidays, Short Breaks, Milebuilding and RYA Training in Scotland including the Firth of Clyde, the West Coast, Mull, Skye, the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda, Orkney, Fair Isle & Shetland.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
“I have run out of superlatives to describe the scenery, the boat and its equipment and the food. This must be the crème de la crème of sailing trips.”
“Thank you for an incredible sailing adventure. It was perfect”
Jan and Heris (Whole Boat Charter) (New York)
“I’m really satisfied again and would like to come back”
Olaf (Experienced Sailor & whisky connoisseur)(Hanover)
Many thanks for a great week, and your exemplary, supportive skippering. I enjoyed it all, the company, getting back to sailing, the remote island experiences, and top sightseeing on Fair Isle and Shetland.
Karen (Coming back to Sailing) (Edinburgh)
“The coasts and waters of Scotland are never more beautiful than when seen from Stormdancer”
Marijke (frequent guest – Utrecht)
“Adventure in a safe pair of hands on a well-equipped, lovely boat.”
"Just to say a big thank you for a lovely week on the water and making things “Covid safe” for everyone. It was really good to be back cruising again and sailing new areas of the Scottish coastline. The week onboard felt quite normal. Thank you."