The Firth of Clyde is one of the largest areas of sheltered deep water in the UK and a major centre for leisure boating. Its cruising areas are extremely accessible ranging from sheltered bays to busy fishing harbours. Its moderate tidal streams and ranges, well-marked hazards and good facilities equate to an ideal location to base your boat.
The main cruising grounds of the Firth of Clyde extend from Greenock, through the Kyles of Bute down to Troon and take in some of the West Coast's most stunning scenery. The following table provides more information on the distance to popular harbours and marinas from James Watt Dock Marina.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to eat by the water or a destination for a day sail or more this page provides further information on some popular eateries.
The information contained on this page has been provided by the establishment themselves or adapted from their own on-line content. We would strongly advise checking with the establishment that this information is correct before visiting
The closest watering hole to James Watt Dock Marina, The Point offers good food in a relaxed setting with the added benefit of great views of James Watt Dock and the Clyde across to Helensburgh.
Whilst it’s relatively straightforward to walk round to The Point from the marina it is also possible to moor against the harbor wall and use the steps up to the restaurant. Alternatively, why not book and head over in the tender!
Contact: 0871 527 8476 or see www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/GREGAR/greenock
Knockderry House Hotel is a 4 star family owned hotel situated on the banks of Loch Long. There are a number of moorings for visiting yachts and it’s a short row ashore to the shingle beach. . During the summer, the garden terrace is the ideal place for a light lunch or an early evening drink overlooking the lochside.
Contact: 01436 842 283 or see www.knockderryhouse.co.uk
The main Clubroom is multi-functional with a bar area and casual dining tables and lounge area with settees around the fire. Daily lunches (except Mondays) and Friday Gastro Pub evening meals are supplemented by occasional Saturday Fine Dining, a monthly Sunday carvery, weekly sailing suppers during the season and the very popular buffet hot meals accompanying many of the social events throughout the year.
Moorings are available for visiting yachts by arrangement with the Club. Contact: 01436 820322 or see www.rncyc.com
Located in close proximity to James Watt Dock Marina, RGYC makes an ideal stopping point whether heading out or returning from your boating adventure. The Club operate a number of moorings and have a launch service on hand (10.00 to 22:00 during the Summer) to ferry visiting yachtsmen ashore. The club have a restaurant offering light meals, lunch and dinner overlooking the bay.
Contact: 01475 637192 or see www.rgyc.org.uk
Lodge style hotel, formerly a hunting lodge for the Marquis of Bute, the hotel dates back to the 1850's and retains much of its original character. The hotel is located near the shores of the Kyles of Bute and has magnificent views over to the Island of Bute. Bar meals and a la carte menu available. Local game, fresh Kyle of Bute langoustines, hand dived scallops, home made breads, pastas and ice cream prepared in house.
01700 84120 www.colintraivehotel.com
Family run historic country inn. 2 dining options, MacPhunns Bar/Restaurant and Loch Fyne Dining Room. The freshest seafood, the choicest meats and game are cooked and prepared with imagination and flair. After dinner relax in one of the guest lounges with a fine malt whisky, real ale or a glass of chilled wine whilst watching the sun set over the Loch.
01369 860279 www.creggans-inn.co.uk
Great stopping off place on a visit to the Kyles where there is a gentle beach for landing where you can safely leave a dinghy. Edwardian restaurant overlooks the water which is ideal for long leisurely meals. There is also a friendly authentic bar which is frequented by the locals.
01700 811489 www.kames-hotel.com
Situated on the East Shore of Loch Fyne with breathtaking views across the landscape on Argylls Secret Coast. Under new management since summer 2010 the Scottish tradition of the hotel has been maintained. The pub and restaurant serve high quality food from the local area.
01700 821229 www.theoystercatcher.co.uk
The Tarbert Hotel, Loch Fyne is friendly, and welcoming offers great food, warm hospitality and friendly efficient service. The Hotel is easily recognisable upon entrance to the harbour by its traditional white and black colours. There are two friendly bars, welcoming locals and residents alike and restaurant meals including fresh seafood dishes and meals featuring the best local produce, fish and beef.
01880 820264 www.tarberthotel.com
Originally built in 1908, The Royal has undergone a painstaking year-long restoration that combines the historic character of a landmark turn-of-the century hotel with all of the contemporary conveniences of a modern hotel. The hotel has 23 beautifully appointed guest rooms, as well as quality food and beverage at The Harbourview Grille and The Black Sheep Pub.
With its central location on the Kintyre Peninsula, Campbeltown is an excellent stopping off point for sailors heading round the Mull of Kintyre, crossing to or from Ireland or cruising into the Clyde. The Royal Hotel is pleased to offer the warmest of welcomes to the sailing community and has the following services available for sailors:
If you would like to share your favourite watering hole please contact us with the relevant details - we’d be delighted to add your entry.
The upper reaches of the Clyde are now easily navigable to leisure craft. Vessels wishing to navigate up river towards Glasgow and that wish for a short-term or overnight berth would be advised to review the information contained in Glasgow City Council’s website.
There are currently pontoon berths available at: Broomielaw Quay (City Centre), Plantation Quay (City Centre), Yorkhill Quay (West End & Riverside Museum) and Govan (Science Centre & Media Quarter). Pontoon reservations are for a maximum stay of 3 nights (unless previously agreed) and vessel owners are reminded of restrictions to navigation as well as the size and weight of vessels that can use the pontoons.
For Notices to Mariners (NTM) on changes or hazards to navigation on the Clyde. Clydeport also publish the 'Clydeport Leisure Guide' which provides guidance on the operation of leisure craft on the Clyde.
Clyde Cruising Club
The club publish a range of useful navigational aids including the popular CCC Sailing Directions which cover the majority of Scottish cruising waters.