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Passing Land’s End

After leaving Padstow, the cruise sets out to round the westernmost point of England, Land’s End. This famous landmark is a highlight of the Cornish peninsula, and a sight best enjoyed from the water. Sailing gifts us views that are uniquely spectacular, and the thrill of rounding points such as...

On the way to Padstow

Leg 6 of the sail4macmillan Round Britain cruise sees Monet, Florence Agnes II and Galliver II leave Cardiff and head for the Cornish port town of Padstow. This stretch of the Bristol Channel is a delight to sail, and the waters are home to an amazing variety of marine life,...

Crossing the Irish sea (again)

After a good rest, our vessels and crews depart the Northern Irish port of Bangor and set sail back across the Irish sea heading for Cardiff. These crossings are a daunting prospect however our crews took them in their stride, and soon they were skimming the waves with the wind...

Ailsa Craig

As they cross the sea on their way to Bangor, our crews pass the magnificent island of Ailsa Craig. The island has previously been a haven for Roman Catholics during the Scottish Reformation and a smuggler’s hiding place, as well as providing the granite for curling stones. Now it also...

Crossing the Irish sea

As leg 5 of the sail4macmillan Round Britain cruise gets under way, our vessels set off to cross the Irish sea, heading for Bangor. Each leg of the cruise brings its own set of unique challenges, and this is no exception: one of the longest open water crossings of the...

A dram in Tobermory

After leaving port at Oban, our yachts made their way along the Sound of Mull to the Hebridean Isle of Mull and its capital, Tobermory, home to one of Scotland’s most famous distilleries! With another exhilarating sail behind them, it was time for our crews to relax in front of...

Heading for Oban

With some new faces joining us at Fort William our yachts set out for open seas once again, this time navigating their way along the west coast of Scotland and its islands. Our first stop of this leg is Oban, home to some fantastic wildlife and a rather fine distillery!...

Toward Ben Nevis and Fort William

As our intrepid crews near the end of the third leg of the sail4macmillan.com Round Britain cruise, the ever-imposing Ben Nevis looms over the eight locks of Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie. Designed and built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, Neptune’s Staircase is the longest staircase lock in Britain...

Continuing along the canal

Life slows down on a canal voyage. As the stunning scenery drifts by, the Sun has come out to show the highlands at their absolute best. As Monet, Galliver II and Florence Agnes II navigate the locks and bridges of the Caledonian canal, those on board have time to ponder,...

Monster hunting in Loch Ness

Today is the day our crews venture into one of the most famous (or infamous?) bodies of water in the world: Loch Ness. There are stories abound regarding Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, as well as numerous sightings of this legendary creature, but will we see any sign of her...