UK Marina Hotspots for Staycation Sailing

By Jenna Mehdi

This week heralds the beginning of September, and with it a typically unpredictable situation around global travel for our UK readers. With countries registering on and off the ‘safe travel’ list faster than you can say ‘two-week isolation period’, we decided to put together a mini-guide on our top three marinas in the UK and British Isles, for those of us who remain understandably hesitant to venture further afield.

1. St Katharine Docks
Set in the beating heart of our very own capital city, St Katharine Docks is central London’s only marina and is primely located on the doorstep of our most in-demand attractions. Just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks’ primary selling point is its location. Steeped in history and looking out over London’s iconic cityscape and the winding Thames, this is a well-run marina benefitting from top quality services, thriving amenities and exotic eateries. St Katharine Docks accommodates superyachts up to 35 metres in length, making it also an ideal spot for European visitors to moor up and explore the buzzing capital.

2. Troon Yacht Haven
Heading northwards to the rolling hills and glassy lakes of Scotland we come to Troon Yacht Haven, an accessible and high standard marina in the quaint coastal town of Troon. For those seeking respite from the city, the craggy shores and breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish coastline offer the perfect adventurous escape. At Troon Yacht Haven, rugged and remote scenery is coupled with a contemporary marina offering full marina facilities and a newly opened hotel, The Salt Lodge. The marina is ideally situated for passage to Ireland and the South, and is just a few miles downriver of Glasgow. 

3. East Cowes Marina
In the idyllic Isle of Wight, East Cowes Marina welcomes visitors to world-class mooring facilities and a hub of activities and events year-round. The breathtaking views of the Medina river, bordered by endless pastures and winding trails, serve as a gentle reminder that sometimes the holiday of a lifetime is at your very own doorstep. And East Cowes Marina will assure your every need is taken care of after berthing, from concierge services to top-level security, leaving you free to enjoy the delights of the island in true peace of mind. 

By Jenna Mehdi