The legs of our trip
LEG 1 | Fambridge to Newcastle (7-12 May)
After a gentle sail to the historic port of Harwich and Shotley Marina, this leg will sail north to Lowestoft before setting off on the long, 24 hour passage to Whitby (the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the departure port of Captain Cooke’s ‘Endeavour’). The final destination on this leg is the River Tyne, where the staff at the Quay Marina in South Shields look forward to welcoming you.
LEG 2 | Newcastle to Inverness (14-19 May)
What better way can there be of seeing British wildlife than by sailing to the Farne Islands? Seals, puffins, guillemots and razor bills are just some of the birds living on these waters. After anchoring in the lee of Lindisfarne Castle, you will sail over the Border to the fishing port of Arbroath (and sample delicious Arbroath Smokies). There will be a couple of long sails on this leg, but a must-see stop is the little village of Whitehills, before making your way to Inverness and the Caledonian Canal.
LEG 3 | Inverness to Fort William (via the Caledonian Canal) (21-26 May)
Sailing alongside mountains, high above sea level, is a unique experience. Starting at Inverness you will rise up through the lock system and traverse this world-renowned feat of engineering that is the Caledonian Canal, linking the natural lochs of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour, and including the famous ‘Neptune’s Staircase’. This is a relaxing week cruising some beautiful inland waterways.
LEG 4 | Fort William to Troon (29 May -4 June)
After visiting the beautiful Island of Kerrera, the sail to Crinan passes the islands of Jura and Scarba (and the famous Correyvechan – don’t worry, we will see it from a distance!) where you will negotiate the sea lock and the self-operated locks of the Crinan Canal. Then on to the wonderful Clyde Estuary calling at Largs and anchoring at Arran before arriving at Troon.
LEG 5 | Troon to Milford Haven (6 June – 12 June)
Following a visit to the picturesque fishing harbour of Portpatrick (a journey back in time) our route will take in the historic Cumbrian town of Whitehaven before crossing the Irish Sea to Ramsey on the Isle of Man and then a long sail down the coast to Milford Haven and Neyland Marina.
LEG 6 | Milford Haven to Plymouth (14-19 June)
First stop will be Padstow, a lovely port where the Harbourmaster promises a warm welcome. The journey to Padstow involves crossing the Bristol Channel with its very strong tides and busy shipping and where we may anchor at Lundy Island to watch basking sharks or porpoises. After rounding Land’s End we will explore the beauty of the Cornish coast, arriving in historic Plymouth Yacht Haven for a lunchtime BBQ.
LEG 7 | Plymouth to Fambridge (23-30 June)
The final leg of our journey and a visit to Brixham followed by a long sail to Weymouth, passing Portland Bill and its famous race, before stopping at Lymington Yacht Haven – to get our breath back. From Lymington it is a pleasant day sail to Brighton for an overnight stop before continuing to our home port of Fambridge where the Yacht Haven staff promise a warm reception.