Pack your Walking Boots
The ships and traditional boats that choose to spend time in Scotland, do so because they love to explore ashore too and the skippers and crew generally like to stretch their legs too. If they can’t join you ashore they can usually suggest a circular walk or a vantage point to climb upto.
Far side of the Mountain
Loch Scavaig on Skye takes you right underneath the Cullins. You might not have time to reach the ridge, but you can soak up the steep slopes and waterfalls and walk up to Loch Courusk. There are some great anchorages on the Atlantic side of Mull and meadows with wild orchids where few hill walkers reach.
Islands in Scotland offer varied walking.Catch a bus and walk back to an anchorage or go on a circular walk. There might be castles to visit or ruined crofts to picnic in. On Canna there are high seacliffs and stone roofed chapels. St Kilda has a whole abandoned village and sea bird colonies to walk around. Eigg has the famous Storr to climb if you have time.
Beachcomb on pristine white beaches
If you loved the beaches in the film Local Hero or the movie of Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water….then these were all filmed in Scotland. Try beach anchorages on the Ardnamurchan mainland towards Mallaig. The Outer Hebrides has miles of sand and sand dunes on the Western side of the island chain from Tiree to Uist
Sea Lochs into the Highlands
The deep sea lochs allow your ship to head deep into the Highlands. Loch Huron and Loch Nevis take you either side of the road-free wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsula and you might be able to walk across this wild landscape to another anchorage or the isolated Forge Pub.
The Caledonian Canal
When our ships need to transit between the East and West Coast then you can even sail past Ben Nevis. The Caledonian Canal is a proper ‘canal’ in places so you do have to motor, but it also includes Loch Ness where sailing might be possible.