South West Scotland

Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point including the Islands of Islay, Jura and Mull.

On the “outside” of the Mull of Kintyre, this region is much more open to the Atlantic and benefits from the Gulf Stream, keeping it a little warmer than further inland – Gigha (a small island just off the coast of the Mull of Kintyre) even has a spectacular subtropical gardens.

This region includes the Islands of Islay, Jura and Mull – all world famous for their island, malt whiskeys – as well as the smaller islands of Coll and Tiree. Further inland, there is the 30 mile Loch Linnhe leading up to Fort William and the start of the Caledonian Canal.

This is an area of spectacular views and remote shores but sailors should be well prepared and plan their trips as there are large tides with tidal streams in some places reaching several times the cruising speed of the average yacht. At the top of Jura, you will find the largest whirlpool in the northern hemisphere so extra case should be taken when planning routes.

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