Are you keen to set sail this summer but unsure where to head on your trip? Luckily for you, there are plenty of hidden gems in the UK that are perfect for exploring by boat. Here, we take a look at three beautiful areas that make the ideal holiday destination for sailing enthusiasts.
Kyles of Bute
The Kyles of Bute is a breathtakingly beautiful stretch of water that runs between the Isle of Bute and mainland Argyll. This coastal stretch offers some of the best scenery in Scotland thanks to its rolling hills, dense woodland and glimmering waters.
It’s the perfect place to explore by boat thanks to the gentle waters, and there are plenty of great spots to moor and anchor; Caladh Harbour and Wreck Bay are great options if you’re looking for a peaceful spot to stop. During your visit, you could check out the historic Mount Stuart, the beautiful Scalpsie Bay beach, or enjoy a tipple from the Isle of Bute distillery.
Located in the southernmost tip of the UK, Falmouth is a stunning coastal town in Cornwall and is best known for its beautiful harbour and beaches. There’s lots of wildlife to spot from your boat and a huge variety of fish in the surrounding waters – ideal if you enjoy a spot of fishing or diving.
There are plenty of great opportunities for sailing here. Take a short trip to St Mawes to enjoy the views of the Carrick Roads and the historic St Mawes Castle. Or head on a long journey to the Isles of Scilly to explore the unspoilt sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Make sure you try some of the area’s best dishes during your trip, including fresh seafood and the classic Cornish pasty!
The Norfolk Broads is a National Park with over 125 miles of waterways to explore. It’s a nature lover’s paradise thanks to its stunning landscape, with winding rivers, sprawling countryside and fantastic beaches to explore. Plus, you may even spot wildlife such as otters during your journey!
There are some picturesque towns that are must-visits along the way, such as Wroxham, Horning, Ludham and Ranworth. To set sail on the Broads, you need boat insurance to protect your vessel, a toll, and a safety certificate. Make sure you have these in advance of your trip so you can relax and enjoy getting out on the water.
With so many fantastic areas to explore by boat across the UK, where will you choose for your next sailing adventure?