Our Bases and how to get there
The Road to the Isles
At Portway, we like to think that the journeys to our bases at Kip Marina on the Clyde and Craobh Marina on the West Coast are part of the charter experience.
However, the journey time from Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airports to Craobh on the West Coast can be up to 4 hours and from Glasgow City Airport about 3 hours and the refocus of our operations in Kip in 2012 is partly due to the time and cost of the trip to Croab, even though the roads pass through magnificent highland scenery and, some say, add to the whole charter experience.
View Glasgow Airports to Portway bases in a larger map
Those flying in to Glasgow City, Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airport could hire a taxi on arrival, however we recommend that they ask us to make these arrangements for them. We can hire a taxi, minibus and small or large coach at reasonable cost. The drivers will know the best route and where to stop if shopping is required. The driver will have our telephone number and we can be contacted en route if necessary.
Although we make all transport arrangements we always ask that the charterer pays the driver at the end of the trip.
Kip Marina - on the Clyde
On the East side of the Firth of Clyde between Greenock and Largs, Kip is Scotland's longest established Marina and is a convenient departure point for all the favourite anchorages on the Clyde, the Kyles of Bute, Arran and Loch Fyne, and for trips to Northern Ireland.
The road to Kip from Glasgow follows the M8 passing by Glasgow City airport and then along the south bank of the Clyde overlooking the ancient extinct volcano of Dumbarton Rock and offering some of the most beautiful views over Helensburgh, Gare Loch and Loch Long and the mountains of Beinn Mohr behind, and passing though Port Glasgow and Greenock of historic shipbuilding fame.
The road from the south and Prestwick airport passes through the Ayrshire farming countryside before joining the east bank of the Clyde near Fairlie. The road then follows the Clyde all the way to Kip offering beautiful scenery overlooking The Cumbrae Islands and across the Firth to the island of Bute, Rothsay and Dunoon, and passing through Largs and Skelmorlie
Craobh Haven Marina - on the West Coast
The road leaves Loch Lomond at Tarbet and takes the A83 west to Arrochar at the top end of Loch Long, onwards towards Inverary by the old, now much improved military road over the pass where the summit is known as "Rest and be Thankful". The road descends to sea level again at Cairndow at the top of Loch Fyne, one the longest sea lochs, before travelling south to Inverary. Look out for the Duke of Argyll's chateau style castle and the pretty little town with its fine buildings. Continuing on the A83 the road is never far from the loch of which there are many good views till Lochgilphead is reached.
This little town is the administrative centre of Argyll. The Crinan canal through to the Atlantic coast starts in the neighbouring town of Ardrishaig and the road to Craobh (A816) at first runs parallel to the canal then passes through the good farm land of Kilmartin glen with 5,000 year old burial mounds and Dunadd hill, the ancient capital of the Scots. From here it is a short journey to first Loch Craignish where Ardfern marina will be seen and a little further on over one last hill, the short side road to Craobh is found.
Marina Handover - 16:00 hrs
We ask charterers to take a flight which will allow them to arrive at the marina as near to the hand over time of 16:00hrs (4pm) as possible. The journey time to Craobh from Glasgow City airport is about 3 hours and to Kip about 45 minutes. Our staff at the marinas end their work at 8pm. If your only possible flight will mean arriving after this time or during the night, we ask you to spend the night at an hotel. However if you have a problem with this please discuss it with us.
Shopping for Food and other Provisions
If shopping is required for the yacht, for those chartering from Kip there are supermarkets in nearby Port Glasgow and Greenock (Tesco x 2, Morrisons) which lie on the direct road from Glasgow City Airport to the marina.
For those chartering from Craobh, supermarkets can be found in Dumbarton (Asda and Morrisons) and a small one in Lochgilphead (Co-operative).
The map offers an overview of the routes to our bases at Kip and Craobh from Glasgow City and Glasgow Prestwick airports. If you have personal GPS, you will find relevant addresses and post codes on the Directions link (right above) to help you set up you equipment. For those traveling without personal GPS, we have prepared detailed route maps for you. Select the Directions tab above right.
Directions to our Bases
If you are driving and have portable GPS (TomTom, Garmin etc) or mapping apps on your mobile phone/tablet/laptop, the following postcodes will help you set up your equipment for the routes to our bases:
|Edinburgh Airport||Craobh Marina||Kip Marina|
|PA3 2PF||KA9 2PL||EH12 9DN||PA31 8UA||PA16 0AS|
Alternatively, the links below will take you to route maps which may be of help:
Glasgow Prestwick airport to:
Charterers, particularly from outside the United Kingdom, often have difficulty arranging transport between airports and the marinas. Over the years we have been using several coach, bus and taxi companies to provide this service.
We need to know the:
- airport being used;
- flight numbers;
- arrival/departure times at the airport
- number in the party.
Sometimes charterers choose flights arriving or departing during the night and as our staff tend to work between 9am and 8pm at weekends, arrivals and departures outside these hours can provide real problems for us. The charterer should consider booking a daytime flight or booking into an hotel for the night.
The journey from Glasgow City airport to Craobh can take 3 hours which, by small bus or mini bus, can cost £250 each way. A longer journey from Glasgow Prestwick or Edinburgh airports can cost over £300 each way.
En route to the yacht, the driver can stop for shopping at a supermarket at no extra charge. We will try to provide the incoming charter party with the driver's mobile phone number to facilitate making contact. Similarly, where possible, he will be given the charterers' number. Should a larger coach be needed for a larger party, a price will be obtained.
Kip marina is closer to all the airports so that journey times are shorter and costs less.