Increasingly the trip to the Caledonian Canal from the Clyde is becoming a very popular cruising and sailing trip.
This trip takes in many of the famous views we have all seen on boating and sailing programs including fingles cave, isle of Bute, the strange ruin castle on Lismore etc
Your starting point for this trip is the south of the Clyde as most of the slipways on the north including Helensburgh are not great for boats over 18 feet long. Obviously we hope you will consider using the slip next to our workshop where we can provide additional information, supplies and even quickly check your main and auxiliary engine.
From here most people head towards Portavadie vie Tighnabuaich and the Kyles of Bute as this is the most sheltered route and also includes some impressive views. Please note that this route has been very well televised and provides some of the best sailing in the world and hence it is rare that you will not see a boat somewhere on your horizon. It also has some great fishing so many people take their time and enjoy the views whilst catching their tea.
Arriving at Portavadie you will notice it is a very new marina that has floating jetty’s and marine petrol station that only opened in 2009. The marina has everything you could need and more including a fantastic restaurant that has grown in popularity by word of mouth and hence booking is strongly recommended.
Leaving the marina it is a short trip to the very scenic Crinan Canal where we suggest you look at the following link for navigation details
Leaving the Crinan and heading North West between Scarba and Luing you then follow the coast North towards Mull and Oban up the firth of Lorn. As Kerrera appears on your port side the channel narrows and Oban will appear on your starboard side and you will find several good marinas. Oban also has some great restaurants and is a good place to stock up on fuel and food before continuing your journey north heading to Fort William. As you motor north past Lismore a detour to the Pier House restaurant at Port Appin is strongly recommended to experience their amazing clam chowder.
Heading further up the loch you are now close to Fort William and the end of your cruise or for many the start of a trip down the Caledonian Canal which cuts across the heart of the highlands and ends City of Inverness.
For those returning back to the Clyde most people stop off to see many more of the attractions that they passed on their outward journey as they now have a better idea of how long they have left of their holiday.
Note: this trip can be done in 4 days but most people take between 7-14 days
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