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Keys to the Kingdom

by Lori Eastes
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Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

Embarking on a yacht charter in the United Kingdom offers a unique and unforgettable experience. With its diverse coastline, historic ports, and picturesque harbors, the U.K. provides a captivating backdrop for exploring the seas. From the vibrant city of Southampton to the charming towns of the Cowes, Devon, Cornwall, and beyond, each destination unveils its own distinct character and beauty—whether you’re indulging in delectable seafood, immersing yourself in maritime history, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches. With every day bringing new horizons to explore and breathtaking scenery to admire, this sailing experience offers a truly memorable journey through the wonders of the United Kingdom and the English Channel.

Your journey begins in Southampton, a vibrant port city located on the south coast of England. As you step aboard your luxurious yacht, you’ll be greeted by the stunning views of the Solent strait and the Isle of Wight. Take some time to settle in and relax as you set sail towards your first destination.

Cowes – Isle of Wight
Next, you’ll cruise across the Solent to reach the charming town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Famous for its sailing heritage, Cowes offers a delightful mix of quaint streets, boutique shops, and waterfront restaurants. Explore the town’s maritime history at the Classic Boat Museum or take a stroll along the promenade, where you’ll enjoy the picturesque views of the Solent shipping lane. In the evening, savor a delicious seafood dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Leaving the Isle of Wight behind, your yacht sets a course towards the quaint town of Dartmouth, situated on the banks of the River Dart in Devon. Dartmouth boasts a rich maritime history and is renowned for its scenic beauty. Take a walk along the cobblestone streets of the town, visit the Dartmouth Castle, or explore the unique galleries and boutiques. Indulge in a delightful meal at one of the waterfront restaurants, savoring local fare often plucked fresh from the waters.

As you sail westward, you’ll arrive in Falmouth, a vibrant coastal town in Cornwall. With its stunning natural harbor and a wealth of maritime heritage, Falmouth is an ideal destination for exploring the coast. Visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall to delve into the region’s seafaring history, take a leisurely stroll along the sandy beaches or venture into the charming town center to discover local shops and eateries.St. Ives
Continuing your journey along the Cornish coast, you’ll reach the renowned artist’s haven of St Ives. This picturesque town has inspired numerous artists with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant artistic community. Explore the narrow streets lined with art galleries, visit the Tate St. Ives museum, or simply relax on one of the stunning sandy beaches. (Just be sure to indulge in a delicious Cornish pasty before you leave.)

Next, your yacht takes you to Plymouth, a historic city with strong maritime connections. Known for its association with the Mayflower and the pilgrims’ journey to the New World, Plymouth offers a blend of history and modern attractions. Explore the Barbican, the city’s oldest quarter, with its stone streets and charming waterfront pubs. Visit the Mayflower Steps and delve into the city’s maritime past at the Plymouth Naval Museum.

On your final day, you’ll sail eastward to the vibrant coastal town of Poole. Nestled on the Dorset coast, Poole is famous for its natural harbor, golden beaches, and lively atmosphere. Explore the historic old town with its mix of medieval buildings and modern amenities, visit the Poole Museum to learn about the town’s history, or take in the sandy shores. In the evening, dine at one of the waterfront restaurants, enjoying stunning views of the harbor.

Port of Call - UK
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

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