Dinghy Sailing & Powerboating
Scotland has excellent facilities for those who wish to set sail in their own sailing dinghies or powerboats. Most marinas have a slipway or can assist with launching, and there are numerous slips around the coast and on inland lochs where boats may also be launched. The waters are so suitable for sailing that there are almost 150 RYA clubs in Scotland – a full list can be found on the RYA Scotland website.
For those who yearn to learn there are almost 150 RYA recognised training centres in Scotland. Everyone loves the holiday atmosphere that is in abundance at most Scottish Sailing Schools. Whether you choose a school that is on the coast, an inland loch or an island, you can be sure of excellent instruction and lots of entertainment. Combine the finest scenery and sailing waters together with a wide selection of RYA training courses and you have the best possible range of opportunities for learning afloat, including windsurfing, dinghy sailing, cruising, power boats and racing.
All levels of RYA qualifications are available, together with a whole host of different tuition styles and vessels to choose from. Visitors wishing to learn to dinghy sail, handle a powerboat or test their balance on a windsurfer, may either do so at a residential centre such as the Scottish National Sailing Centre on Cumbrae, or combine their sailing with a family holiday at somewhere like Tighnabruaich, Loch Insh or the Galloway Sailing Centre. Port Edgar Marina on the Firth of Forth is the largest sailing school in Scotland, and runs a variety of shorebased and practical sailing courses throughout the year, covering the whole of the RYA syllabus for cruising and power boats as well as dinghies and windsurfers – why not combine your holiday to the capital with a sailing course?!