Learning to Sail

Ahoy there sailor! Put your UK holidays to good use and discover your sea legs. There are countless opportunities for sailing lessons throughout the UK, bound to convert the most ardent of land lubbers. Whether you're a complete novice or just want to refresh your sailing skills, the locations below are all great spots for sailing holidays in the UK. So, what are you waiting for? Don your life-jacket and don't look back! All schools mentioned are approved by the RYA, the national body for all forms of boating.

Loe Beach, Feock - flckr - AndyRobertsPhotosLoe Beach, Cornwall
Need to burn off those cream teas? Then bed down in one of our cottages in Cornwall and head to Loe Beach. Situated between Truro and Falmouth, you can learn to sail along the idyllic south Cornish coast. If you just want to test the water, so to speak, then the local watersports centre offers short taster sessions. Or, for the committed among you, week-long sailing courses are also available.  Young sailors are also catered for, with children's courses as well as those adults. You can take your pick from learning in one of the school's more modern vessels, or hit the seas in a more traditional boat. If there are any reluctant skippers in your party, then there are always sailing cruises available, where they can sit back and let someone else do all the hard work. More information can be found at Holiday cottages in Cornwall.


IMG_2203 - flckr - tompagenetIsle of Dogs, London Docklands
OK, so it might not be quite what you have in mind when you picture UK sailing holidays, but trust us on this one. If you're staying in one of the London apartments on, try out a sailing course at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre and you might just surprise yourself. You can hit the museums during the day, and then hit the water in the evening at one of the centre's weekly Twilight sessions. Rounded off with a barbecue and drinks, it's a great way to see a different side to the city. If you'd rather stick to daytime sailing, no problem - the centre also runs conventional dinghy sailing courses for all ages and abilities.  Log onto to find out more. Looking for London holiday accommodation.


Conwy - flckr - alexliivetConwy Estuary, North Wales
Up for a challenge? Book yourself into one of cottages in Wales and learn to sail in the beautiful Conwy Estuary and more challenging Menai Strait. Setting sail from Deganwy Quay, you'll also be able to fit in a spot of sightseeing - glance up and you'll be rewarded with views of Conwy Castle and the mountains of Snowdonia. The instructors are happy to tailor their training to suit your individual needs, or you can take one of their standard courses. Powerboat, power cruising and sail cruising lessons are all available. Interested? Visit to get the lowdown. Holiday cottages Snowdonia.


Cotton Wool - flckr - easylocumFirth of Clyde, Scotland
Make your way to Clyde Marina or Troon and sail your way through the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde.  Marvel at the unspoilt natural beauty of the west coast of Scotland, passing by uninhabited islands, lochs and picturesque harbours. One for nature lovers, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and basking sharks during your sailing lessons round the Isle of Arran. Bird-watchers are also well-catered for, with sailing lessons with an ornithological focus - the Ailsa Craig bird sanctuary is within easy reach. However long you want to spend on the water, visit  to read more about Gael Sail.  Find holiday cottages near Clyde.


clipper fleet at Cowes - flckr - Murky1Cowes, Isle of Wight
Where better to learn to sail than in the Solent, home of the world-renowned Cowes Week regatta. This broad stretch of tidal water has a bit of everything, making it a great place to learn to sail. Short recreational courses are ideal for holidaymakers looking to start out in yachting or powerboating, or just looking to learn basic safety techniques. For those that really want to make waves in the sailing world, Yachtmaster training is available. Learning to sail amidst complex tides and busy shipping mean that you'll be prepared for whatever the waters throw at you in future. The varied coastline just adds to the experience you'll gain. If you're after excitement, fun and a challenge, then check out Who knows, you could be the next hotshot at Cowes week! Cottages on the Isle of Wight.


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