6 Luxury Locations to Take Your Motor Cruiser

The UK staycation market has risen exceptionally in recent years, particularly with the recent world-wide lockdown forcing people to consider visiting local attractions rather than leaving the country. Whether you’re looking for the sun-kissed beaches of the south coast or the mountainous scenery of Scotland, the UK has a wide range of show stoppers that’ll leave you wondering why you didn’t consider this sooner!

If you’ve been wondering where to sail in the UK, look no further as we’ve chosen the top 6 luxury locations to take your motor cruiser...

1. Norfolk Broads

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One of the best sailing destinations in the UK has to be the Norfolk Broads with its breathtaking natural landscape, teeming with wildlife and a whole host of rare plants. Its boating heritage began in the 19th century and has continued to thrive with visitors from all over exploring its charming waterways.

Sailing holidays  in the Norfolk Broads is a must for any keen explorer with over 125 miles of channels to navigate between. Stop off at a number of inviting locations including the resort town of Great Yarmouth, not to mention many other fascinating historical sites.

2. Weymouth, Dorset

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There’s no better location along the South Coast than travelling towards Weymouth. Not only will you be able to take advantage of the local Weymouth Sailing Club, but you’re in the midst of the famous Jurassic Coastline.

Playing host to the 2012 London Olympics sailing events, Weymouth is a place all keen boaters should visit at least once. Explore its enchanting landscapes, tied island of Portland and a number of white sandy beaches.

3. Lake Windermere, Lake District

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When you think of the quintessential English countryside, there’s no better place than the Lake District and its famous landmark Lake Windermere. Hugely popular with tourists for sailing holidays, a cruise through its 10.5 mile long waters will be an experience like no other.

With upwards of three sailing clubs and access to Low Wood Bay where many spend their time enjoying a mixture of water sporting activities, there’s something here to suit everyone. Let’s not forget about its local towns Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, often considered to be the heart of the Lake District.

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4. Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula

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Located on the fringes of the Llŷn Peninsula, the quiet village of Abersoch is a thriving sailing scene rich with opportunities for coastal cruising and watersports. Discover the local Abersoch Sailing Club which was established in 2018 and is exclusively run by its members who are just as passionate about sailing.

A short journey across the bay will bring you towards the enchanting Snowdonia National Park, whilst the peninsula itself is famed for its beautiful beaches.

5. Loch Lomond, Scotland

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North of Glasgow and settled within a National Park is the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond. It is known as being the largest stretch of inland water in Great Britain and is perfect for exploring Scotland’s natural mountainous beauty and its hidden gems when you stop off at one of its many inlets.

Tucked away toward the north is Loch Lomond Sailing Club, highly regarded as one of Scotland’s chief clubs with frequent local races.

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6. Salcombe, Devon

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We couldn’t have a list of luxury locations to take your motor cruiser without mentioning Devon. Favoured as one of the best places on the South Coast of England, there are plenty of hot spots for sailing, however our top pick would have to be Salcombe.

Set on the perimeter of the South Hams AONB, this route is particularly ideal if you’re looking for a peaceful journey along Devon’s spectacular coastline. Uncover golden beaches at the North and South Sands, along with a rich fishing and sailing history.

Want to test your boating knowledge and see how much boating history you know? Take our general boating knowledge quiz and see where you rank.

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