Highland stag, Scotland
Highland stag, Scotland
Laggan Avenue on Caledonian Canal, Scotland
Laggan Avenue on Caledonian Canal, Scotland
Balnakiel Beach, Scotland
Balnakiel Beach, Scotland
Pentland Hills, Scotland
Pentland Hills, Scotland
Portree on Isle of Skye, Scotland
Portree on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scotland yacht charter

Imagine cruising amid the wild, romantic beauty of the Western Isles, some of the most stunning, unspoilt scenery Britain has to offer. Dramatic steep scree-sided lochs give way to rolling acres of Scots pine and sunlit golden sand beaches, deserted and inaccessible except by yacht.

Take up the binoculars to spot seals lounging on rocks, eagles and ospreys circling overhead, puffins chattering along rugged cliffs. Dine on exceptional produce including the world's finest seafood, enjoy a round of golf, whisky tasting at several local distilleries, deer stalking, shooting, fishing, mountain biking and hiking in this dramatic natural landscape.

  • Best time to visit
    June - September
  • Getting there
    Edinburgh Airport and more
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Restaurant Martin Wishart
In the heart of the old town around the port of Leith, enjoy Michelin-starred dining as this superchef gives the best Scottish produce a classic French twist. Wishart has another restaurant on beautiful Loch Lomond.
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The Kitchin
Seasonal produce is the name of the game at this Michelin-starred restaurant, the signature restaurant in celebrity chef Tom Kitchen’s repertoire. Located in a converted whisky warehouse in Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront, Kitchin’s ‘nature to plate’ ideology showcases the finest Scottish ingredients with classic French undertones in an award-winning menu.
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The Three Chimneys
Chef Scott Davies leads a team that celebrates the finest produce Skye has to offer by land and sea, prepared using ancient Nordic and haute Scottish techniques.
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The Pier House
Hidden away in the quiet village of Port Appin, on the shores of Loch Linnhe in Argyll, Chef Michael Leathley serves traditional Scottish delicacies and local seafood fresh from the pier the restaurant overlooks.
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Golf at the Machrie Hotel
Designed by Willie Campbell, updated by DJ Russell, The Machrie combines the beauty of a traditional links course with the challenges of a modern one.
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Fingal’s Cave
At the southern tip of the Isle of Staffa is a natural cave set amid basalt columns, producing a unique echo that has influenced artists from Mendelssohn to Pink Floyd.
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Armadale Castle
Drop anchor off the majestic Isle of Skye to visit the seat of the Clan Donald, once Scotland's largest and most powerful. Expect history, myth and legend.
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Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Scotland's oldest continuously inhabited castle has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for over 800 years. Art, history and the 'Fairy Flag' of invincibility.
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Kerrera Island
A great spot to drop anchor. A barely inhabited, unspoilt island with dramatic scenery. In fine weather head to the south facing coast and explore the ruins of Gylen Castle.
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Loch Scavaig
One of Scotland's most dramatic anchorages is almost enclosed by granite slopes against the imposing, scarified backdrop of the peaks of the Skye's Black Cuillin.
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Talisker Distillery
Perched on the shores of Loch Harport, Talisker delivers the peaty smokiness for which scotch whisky from Skye is renowned. Expect tours, special vintages and more.
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Luskentyre Beach
A pristine stretch of white sand and turquoise water that rivals anything the Caribbean has to offer, nestling in a rugged unspoilt coast.
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Seilebost Beach
A stunning sandy beach at the mouth of a beguiling lagoon perfect for family paddling and exploring. An absolute gem.
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West Beach
A boomerang of immaculate sand hugging the west and north coasts of this delightful little island community in the Outer Hebrides.
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Hosta Beach
A beautiful sandy cove backed by undulating dunes speckled with wild orchids and facing out across the wide Atlantic. It's the island's premier surf spot.
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Loch Bay Restaurant
Sample some of the best seafood in the world at the Loch Bay Restaurant on the Isle of Skye. With a contemporary twist on traditional Scottish Highland cuisine, the emphasis is on fresh fish dishes enjoyed in a picture postcard position on the edge of the loch in Stein.
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Isle of Eriska Hotel
You don’t get more prestigious than this Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant on the Isle of Eriska. Enjoy spectacular views over your yacht and the private island estate as you feast on mouth-watering cuisine.
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Number One, The Balmoral
The Michelin-starred Number One restaurant at legendary hotel The Balmoral combines old-school glamour with seasonal Scottish fare. Signature dishes here include North Sea Cod and Langoustine, immaculately and thoughtfully prepared to ensure the ultimate fine dining experience, accompanied by faultless service in this magnificently grand setting.
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Delve into a surprise five or even eight course tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Condita. Epic flavours ooze from seasonal, organic ingredients, locally sourced from a 19th century walled garden in the Scottish Borders. Local meat and fish are used wherever possible, while their own forager provides wild ingredients and wines are hand-picked from small-scale organic or bio-dynamic producers.
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Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, The Gleneagles
Just an hour’s drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, the iconic Gleneagles hotel plays host to Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars. The signature smoked lobster dish, served over whisky barrel chips, has to be the finest example of French and Scottish cuisine combined.
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The Peat Inn
This unassuming 16th Century coaching inn hosts the eponymous award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant. Lose yourself in the extensive wine list accompanied by a six-course tasting menu or opt for an à la carte menu filled with seasonal dishes.
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The Cellar
Located near the water’s edge, it is no surprise that seafood features heavily on The Cellar’s testing menu. A Fife local, head chef Billy Boyter showcases quality Scottish ingredients, prepared using traditional cooking methods, to create a seasonal menu that changes daily depending on the catch.
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Cail Bruich
Literally translating to ‘eat well’ in Gaelic, Cail Bruich is one of the newest additions to Scotland’s growing list of Michelin-starred restaurants, and the first in Glasgow for more than two decades. Head Chef Lorna McNee brings her Gleneagles experience to the city restaurant with a fine, seasonal Scottish menu.
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The Kilberry Inn
Located on the western edge of Scotland and looking out at the Inner Hebrides, The Kilberry Inn offers comforting favourites in a relaxed setting. Think cosy log fires, and heart-warming dishes (the restaurant holds a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award) including Scottish beef, pheasant and herbs and salads from the garden.
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The Stables at the Bonnie Badger
Lying to the east of Edinburgh on the southern shores of the Firth of Forth, The Bonnie Badger plays host to the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant The Stables. The regularly changing menu, designed by Chef Patron Tom Kitchin, features seasonal produce like Highland Wagyu burger and locally sourced fish pie. Hearty food in a stunning setting.
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The Scran & Scallie
Another Bib Gourmand establishment by the seemingly ubiquitous Tom Kitchin, The Scran & Scallie showcases seasonal pub classics punctuated by the ‘nature to plate’ philosophy for which Kitchin is known. Think Sunday roast and fish pie, alongside barbequed octopus and duck terrine, to name just a few of the contemporary takes on traditional classics.
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For a fresh interpretation of local Scottish produce, sample the Asian-inspired dishes at Edinburgh’s Noto. Another Michelin Bib Gourmand holder, the menu focuses on small sharing plates, using Scottish ingredients prepared and cooked with Asian flair to great effect. Fluffy sesame prawn toast with bonito flakes, North Sea crab with a rich, Umami sauce, and buttermilk-fried rabbit with miso mustard are just a few starters of note that may pique your taste buds’ interest.
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St Andrew's Golf Course
It is widely believed that the modern game of golf was born in Scotland, with the first 18-hole course and the rules of golf both formed here. Home to over 550 golf courses, even the islands in the north have 14 courses between them. However, for those on a Scotland yacht charter, playing golf on the world-famous Old Course at St Andrews, the Home of Golf, has to be the ultimate bucket list experience for every golfer.
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Carnoustie Golf Links
The Championship Course at Carnoustie is another mecca. Also located on Scotland’s east coast, just north of St Andrews, this challenging links course is also known as “Golf’s Greatest Test”, but the rewarding vistas from the tees and fairways are worth the pain of a potentially high score.
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Old Course, Royal Troon Golf Club
For those cruising the west coast and the islands, the Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club is renowned worldwide as one of the best links courses. With rolling fairways interspersed with deep, rough gorse, the course provides a stern test for any golfer. Having hosted The Open seven times, 2023 will see the world’s best players fight it out on the famous par 3 8th hole once again.
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Spa & Wellness at Gleneagles Hotel
Indulge in a top-to-toe treatment in Scotland’s best spa. The complementary and alternative therapies harness nature and are derived from the herbs and plants to be found locally on the Gleneagles estate and surrounding countryside. Indulge in the full wellbeing experience and spend time before and after your treatment discovering the selection of heat experiences including saunas, steam rooms, and the vitality pool.
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Stables Spa, Isle of Eriska Hotel
For those looking for a spa treatment while cruising the far west coast, the acclaimed Stables Spa on the private island of Eriska offers an oasis of tranquillity ashore. Harvesting local ingredients from the island and the nutrients of the sea, the treatments available here are designed to refresh and regenerate your senses, leaving you fully relaxed and ready to soak up your surroundings back on board.
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Argyll Coastal Driving Route
While cruising the Hebrides, spend a few days ashore exploring the Argyll Coastal Route. This 130-mile drive is one of the most scenic in Scotland, taking in all the lochs and islands from Loch Lomond to Fort William. Catch some incredible sunsets over the water, stop off to visit the Neo-Gothic Inverarary Castle on the shores of Loch Fyne and round off the trip with a hike up the foothills of Ben Nevis – the UK's highest mountain.
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Borders Historic Driving Route
Jam-packed with activities, stately homes and the occasional castle, the 90-mile drive from Carlisle to Edinburgh is one of the most stunning drives in the country. Discover incredible vistas at almost every vantage point, including Sir Walter Scott’s favourite writing spot, Scott’s View. There are plenty of walks along the way, including the 1,400 acres of grounds that surround Scott’s home, Abbotsford House, and Dalkeith Country Park, home to herds of deer and birds of prey.
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Highlands Driving Route
To discover Scotland’s famous Highlands, with a few whisky distilleries en route, this 120-mile route is a long, scenic one but well worth the time. From Aberdeen, head north to Craigievar Castle, said to be the inspiration behind the castle in Walt Disney’s Cinderella. Drive on through the Cairngorms National Park into some of the most dramatic Highland scenery, with steep climbs and sharp turns through the carved landscape of its misty mountain ranges.
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North Coast 500 Driving Route
Scotland’s answer to America’s route 66, the North Coast 500 follows a sweeping loop around the whole northern tip of Scotland. From Inverness to John O’Groats and right across the top of Scotland before heading south again, this 516-mile route is for those with a few weeks to spare. Elevated roads provide open views of the North Sea before heading south, passing rugged mountain ranges and sweeping glens, stopping off to explore pretty villages and ancient sites along the way.
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Lagavulin Distillery
Tucked into Lagavulin Bay on the south coast of the Isle of Islay, in the shadow of Dunyvaig Castle, is this famous distillery. Turn up for a taste and see what happens.
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Laphroaig Distillery
In the bay next to Lagavulin to the east is the Laphroaig Distillery, rumoured to be a favourite of HRH Prince Charles. Alongside the peaky, smoky taste is a fascinating note of seaweed, some say. Find out for yourself.
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Arran Distillery
On the northern tip of the Isle of Arran, at the head of Lochranza and overlooked by the picturesque ruins of 16th century Lochranza castle, is the Arran distillery. A newcomer, founded in 1995, it has since opened a sister distillery at Lagg in the south of the island.
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Tobermory Distillery
Overlooking the marina in the picture-postcard port of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull is a single malt distillery founded in 1798 that produces two whiskies and has recently added a gin. Something for everyone.
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The Whiski Rooms, Royal Mile
If history is your bag then Edinburgh is the place to head for centuries-old traditional watering holes, including The Whiski Rooms (not a typo) just off the world-famous Royal Mile.
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The Last Drop in the Grassmarket
The Grassmarket is named after the hay-trading square in which Edinburgh’s hangman’s gallows was once located. This traditional pub, allegedly haunted, is ghoulishly named after the last hanging.
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The Bon Vivant
This is one of a swathe of trendy cocktail bars have joined the city's thriving nightlife scene, cementing the city’s status as a cosmopolitan European capital.
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Panda & Sons
Themed on a Prohibition-era Speakeasy bar inside a barber's shop, this tucked-away bar serves creative cocktails, craft beers and very decent wines.
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West End and Merchant City
Both of these districts positively buzz with energy after dark with pubs, bars and clubs to suit every taste, expectation and level of exclusivity. Build a night to remember.
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Grassmarket, Leith Walk, Broughton Street, George Street
Home to numerous pubs, bars and clubs, Scotland’s main city and arts hub showcases plenty of live performances, music, and DJs. Join the party.
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Little Horseshoe Bay
On Kerrera's sheltered east coast is an aptly named bay. On the southern arm is the ruin of an iron age fort with wonderful views up and down the Sound of Kerrera or you can seek refreshment in the tea rooms.
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Campbeltown Loch
This is a pretty sea loch on the sheltered eastern side of the Mull of Kintyre with views across to the Isle of Arran and the Firth of Clyde. Nearby Campbeltown was once dubbed the whisky capital of the world with 34 distilleries and the three that remain all offer tours. Head across the peninsula to play Machrihanish's classic golf links.
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Sound of Iona
Drop anchor between the isles of Mull and Iona and step ashore at St Columba's Bay, where Irish prince Columba stepped ashore in 563 AD to found Christianity in Scotland. Don't leave without taking the tender to Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa, the acoustics of which inspired Mendelssohn to compose The Hebrides Overture in 1829.
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Step ashore to explore Iona Cathedral. Iona is well known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. The Isle of Iona also has sandy beaches, excellent walking opportunities and a variety of wildlife.
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Anchor off the east side of the island and take the tender into Fingal’s Cave, an atmospheric sea cave of hexagonally jointed basalt where, in 1829, Felix Mendelssohn was inspired to write the overture Hebrides.
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Loch Scavaig
Anchor in this dramatic bay and go ashore to explore the foothills for some spectacular views of the landscape. Try your hand at fishing for common species such as pollock, saithe and mackerel to enjoy on board later.
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New to charter?

Whether you are looking for a 70m motor yacht to cruise the Caribbean or have your heart set on an adrenaline-fuelled sailing experience, we are on hand to guide you every step of the way.
Frequently asked questions
The charter agreement
After the availability of your chosen yacht has been verified, you will receive a standard MYBA Charter Agreement for signature. If your chosen cruising itenerary necessitates embarking or disembarking from a point other than your yacht’s home port, positioning charges (delivery/ redelivery fees) may be required. These charges, if applicable, will be confirmed in advance and affirmed in the Charter Agreement, together with any taxes that may apply.
Payment terms
A deposit of 50 per cent of the total charter fee is payable by bank transfer immediately on signature of the MYBA Charter Agreement. The remaining 50 per cent, plus an Advance Provisioning Allowance, together with any taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is payable by bank transfer five weeks before the commencement of the charter.
Operating expenses

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is due at the time of the final charter payment. Under MYBA terms, this sum is usually equivalent to 30 per cent of the total charter fee, but may be up to 40 per cent in some cases.

Intended to cover the operating expenses of a charter as explained under Charter Terms, such as fuel, food, drinks, port fees and ad hoc incidentals, the APA will be given to the captain before the start of your charter. The Captain will ensure that the yacht is fully fuelled and provisioned when you step on board. While an up-to-date summary of accounts can be requested at any time during your charter, a full set of accounts will normally be submitted by your captain at the end of the cruise. If, during the charter, the expenditure exceeds the sum already paid, additional cash funds will be required at once.

All outstanding bills from the yacht charter should be settled in cash or by bank transfer before your final disembarkation. Of course, any remaining credit at the end of your charter will be reimbursed to you in full. On request, transfer arrangements to and from the yacht can be made by Burgess or by the yacht’s captain, payment for which will be deducted from your APA.

Every detail counts
Several weeks before you board your yacht, Burgess will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire describing the preferences and special needs of all the members of your party, such as dietary or medial requirements, details of any allergies, and your sporting or entertainment requests. This will enable Burgess and the crew of your chosen charter yacht to ensure that everything possible is done to make your charter a fabulous experience.

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