With a spectacular coastline stretching from Irvine to Largs and encompassing the beautiful islands of Great Cumbrae, Little Cumbrae and the Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire attracts sailing enthusiasts from across the UK, Western Europe and America. If you have a passion for cruising, a competitive edge for racing, or simply like to potter about onboard, you'll find North Ayrshire is simply unrivalled as a quality sailing destination, offering offering a mix of opportunities for novice sailors and world-travelled yachtsman. And if you want to set sail to more distant places, the North Ayrshire waters serve as a gateway to the rest of Scotland, Ireland, England and Scandinavia.

Sailing facilities in North Ayrshire are superb, with several first class marinas and a large number of sheltered anchorages. The host of coastal resort towns and villages offer an excellent choice in food and drink, with top quality restaurants, bistros and the very best fish and chips around!


North Ayrshire is abundant in wildlife, from common seabirds, seals, dolphins and porpoise, to rarer breeds such as puffins and razorbills, basking sharks and minke whales. On land, try Arran for spotting red deer, red squirrels, otters, majestic golden eagles and the rare bird of prey, the hen harrier.

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