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Five reasons to hire a boat in Scotland


  • Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and lies to the north of the island of Great Britain. It occupies one-third of the northern territory and has 96 miles bordering England.


  • Scotland has wide expanses of the open sea, which is ideal for sailing. It also has many well-equipped and well-situated harbours.


  • The best time to sail in Scotland is April, May and June. During these months the weather is pleasant, and rainfall is lower.


  • Scotland has grown as a sailing destination over the last few years and has several well-equipped marinas and anchorages. Some of them are perfect for stocking up on supplies. Some of the best are Mull of Kintyre and Orkney Shetland.


  • Scotland has several islands worth enjoying, so if you charter a boat in Scotland you can create your own itinerary and visit these islands. The Isle of Lewis lies to the northwest and has an impressive Viking history.


Pricing and information about hiring a boat in Scotland


Boat rental prices in Scotland vary depending on the type of boat and the season. During the low season, the prices for canal boat charter start from 240 euros. If you want to rent a sailboat, prices start from 230 euros in the low season. Please note that the high season in Scotland is in June and July; if you want to rent a boat in this season we recommend you book your boat two months in advance. Chartering a boat in the UK will allow you to explore all areas of the country in depth.


Do you need a license to rent a boat in Scotland?


Boat hire in Scotland is regulated, and if you want to hire a boat you will have to follow the law. To hire a boat on the canals and rivers of the UK you do not need to have a licence. When you rent a boat in these establishments, you will be given quick training on how to operate a boat. On the other hand, if you want to rent a boat and sail along the coast you will have to present an ICC and prove that you can recognise and read the signs and regulations.


If you have no licence or sailing experience, you can rent any boat in our catalogue with a skipper. When you rent a skippered boat you can relax and enjoy your trip. The skippers help you to get to know the places you visit by boat in depth.


Things to do in Scotland


⚓ Scotland has plenty of open territories and is great for hiking. It's an outdoor activity you can enjoy with your group of friends or with your family. 


⚓ Visit one of Scotland's whisky estates. Learn how this world-renowned drink is made and enjoy the tasting sessions. 


⚓ Scotland has many castles with great history. Take the castle trail and learn about the history of this country.


⚓ Visit the museums in Scotland. Our recommendation is the National Museum of Scotland, where you will find all the history of this great country. 


⚓ In Scotland, you will find many great places to go fishing, rent a boat in Scotland and practise this popular sport. 


Practical Information:


To get to Scotland from abroad, you can take a flight to one of the five international airports. If you are already in the UK, you can take a train or hire a car and drive to your desired destination in Scotland. Another good idea is to rent a boat in England and sail up and down the coast of the island of Great Britain to Scotland



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