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Isle of Skye Yachting

Whether you prefer to sail or motor, there selection is good.  Isle of Skye Yachts offer a wonderful skippered charter service, usually lasting a week, or bareboat charter service for those skilled already. Many people enjoy circumnavigating the Isle of Skye, dining either out on the boat, or at remote sites, checking out the wildlife including seals, whales, dolphins, sharks and puffins, and taking in some hillwalking, especially at the harder to access from roads points of call. If you’re not an experienced skipper, but would like to learn, you’ll be pleased to know that Isle of Skye Yachts are an approved Royal Yachting Association training centre.  Personally, I prefer to take advantage of the skippered charter service myself! At last count, the fleet consisted of 10+ yachts, ranging in size from the ‘Sleat Princess’ at 33 feet (with 6 berths) up to the ‘Countess of Sleat’ at 44 feet in length, with 10 berths.  There is plenty of room for everyone, and a good time to be had by all. The current fleet consists of:

  • Countess of Sleat – 44′ – 10 berths – Elan Impression 434
  • Sandpiper – 43′ 9″ – 10 berths – Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43
  • Sapphire – 42′ 11″ – 8 berths – Beneteau Oceanis 423
  • Spirit of May – 40′ –  6 berths – Dufour 40
  • Sleat Lady – 39′ 4″ – 8 berths – Beneteau Oceanis 393
  • Sleat Queen – 38′ 5″ – 8 berths – Beneteau Oceanis 381
  • Sonas Mhor – 37′ 5″ – 8 berths – Bavaria 36
  • Thistle – 37′ 5″ – 8 berths – Bavaria 36
  • Janet Macarthur – 36′ – 8 berths – Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i
  • Lady Naomi – 36′ – 8 berths – Legend 36
  • Sleat Princess – 33′ 9″ – 6 berths – Bavaria 32

Yacht reservations are recommended well in advance, though on occasion you may get lucky with a last minute booking. Telephone: 01471 844216 Website: Isle of Skye Yachts Website



Searching for the perfect place to stay near Fort William? Our Lochaber Accommodation directory provides a listing of all the places to stay. These include Bed and Breakfasts, Camping, Caravans, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels, and Residential Care Homes.

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Places to stay in Lochaber range from a Spartan mom and pop guest house, to four star hotels, generally being priced accordingly. Fort William area accommodations are plentiful, though booking early is recommended, as tourist season is quite busy.

Things to do …. When coming to the Highlands of Scotland, there are a great many reasons to stay in Fort William. Being central to many of the popular sites is just one good reason. All within a short drive include the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase, Mallaig, Morar, Harry Potter’s Hogarwarts Express, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and much much more.

Where to stay .... Nearly all Fort William Bed Breakfast accommodation offers a taste of what the Highlands are all about. See the Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Self-catering and Hostels pages. Hosts are frequently long time residents of the area, with delightful insights and stories about what is happening in the area, and reflect the personality of the region.

Fort William is strategically located in the Western Highlands of Scotland, approximately half-way between Glasgow and Inverness. It is small enough of a town to not suffer the big city traffic and issues, while large enough to have plenty of shopping and choices for dining and accommodation.

Bed and Breakfast choices located in Lochaber, either in or near Fort William, and are definitely worthy of consideration in making accommodation choices.