BY Nick Walton on 14 May 2024

A leading destination management organisation has launched a new bid for Argyll and the Isles on the west coast of Scotland to be named as Scotland's Sustainable Sailing Capital.

The latest drive by Scotland destination marketing company Wild About Argyll & the Isles celebrates the sustainable nature of sailing and the large volume of innovative sailing businesses and events in the area.

This comes as Argyll-based Provident, one of the last sea-going Brixham Trawlers and which featured in the latest BBC series of Traitors, embarks on a historic voyage to celebrate her centenary year; the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is due to stop in Oban this July, the first time this prestigious race has stopped in Scotland in its 27 year history; and the founder of Wavysail launches a pioneering initiative to develop low impact adventure yachts.

In addition, Stravaigin Sailing offers ethical accessible sailing adventures; Basking Shark Scotland leads eco-conscious and educational wildlife tours; Tighnabruaich Sailing School, the oldest sailing business in Scotland, prepares to celebrate its sixtieth year; and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Scotland encourages sailors visiting the area to support the Green Blue Pledge.

A leading destination management organisation has launched a new bid for Argyll and the Isles on the west coast of Scotland to be named as Scotland's Sustainable Sailing Capital.

Located on the Gulf Stream, aspiring and experienced sailors of all abilities, from all over the world, agree that Argyll and the Isles is uniquely placed to enjoy some of the best sailing adventures and make a positive impact on the local environment.

Launching the bid to be named Scotland’s Sustainable Sailing Capital, Cathy Craig, CEO of the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative say “With a huge array of outstanding sailing experiences and a magnificent choice of sheltered anchorages plus many moorings, harbours and marinas – Argyll and the Isles is already Scotland’s premier sailing destination, attracting some of the world’s top sailors. This is reflected in the historic visit of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which we’re incredibly excited to welcome later this year.”

“When we ask sailing enthusiasts why they love our destination so much, we hear time and time again that our unique and enviable location, set amongst a large breath-taking cluster of island and coastal retreats, provides the ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy a sailing adventure, safe in the knowledge that you are making a positive impact on the environment. As the world sees the effects of climate change, the biggest threat to humanity in our lifetime, it is incredibly important to harness this, and our many innovative responsible seafaring members by naming Argyll and the Isles as Scotland’s Sustainable Sailing Capital,” says Craig.

A leading destination management organisation has launched a new bid for Argyll and the Isles on the west coast of Scotland to be named as Scotland's Sustainable Sailing Capital.

“Being powered by nature, and with the global governing body World Sailing being amongst the first sporting federations to publish a sustainability strategy, sailing is already one of the world’s most sustainable sports,” says Fiona McPhail, Board Member of AITC, and Owner and Director of Tighnabruaich Sailing School.

“This puts us in a unique position to really champion caring for marine wildlife, ecosystems and our wider environment. I’m delighted that so many members of the Argyll and Isles Tourism Cooperative are leading the way in doing this – from building boats in more resourceful ways and leading tours that teach visitors how to look after the environment, to supporting and encouraging sustainable activity and business practices like we do at Tighnabruaich Sailing School. It is fantastic to see this recognised today.”

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