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About North Coast Sailing
On skippered charter, cruise Rathlin, The Mull of Kintyre and Scotland's magnificent west coast from our home berth in Ballycastle Marina. Our unique location will allow you to discover the history, geography and geology of the astounding coasts of the North of Ireland and the West Coast of Scotland, whilst stopping off at picturisque locations with the best pubs and restaurants along the way.
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gwd1976 wrote a review Jul 2019
Swansea, United Kingdom27 contributions2 helpful votes
Another amazing experience on our now yearly adventure with Tony on the yacht Nebraska! This time we visited the newly created marina and spa at Portavadie, the stunning scenery of the Kyles of Bute, the towns of Largs and Campbeltown and finished up in Portrush (which is gearing up for The Open Golf). Amazing weather again (good work, Tony - never lets us down!), incredible food, stunning views and just a whole lot of fun and laughs! I cannot recommend this enough for a group of friends or a family!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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susieda wrote a review Jul 2019
8 contributions1 helpful vote
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An epic weekend onboard yacht Nebraska. My first solo trip in almost 9yrs with a dear & like minded female friend turned out to be one of our most memorable trips. We sailed from Ballycastle having taken the option to stay onboard an extra evening for an early morning departure to Gigha. Gigha is a beautiful island with crystal clear waters perfect for swimming which was such an invigorating experience & one of our many highlights of the trip. We experienced how friendly & helpful the sailing community really are & got to meet some lovely people & their dogs. Gigha's jetty with free WiFi provided, was busier than usual because of an upcoming folk music festival. This made Gigha the perfect stop for us followed by a beautiful meal in the boathouse & a few relaxing drinks. Our next stop was back on Rathlin which is a personal favourite of mine. After lunch & some more exploring of the island, which has an abundance of flora & fauna. We relaxed in the glorious sunshine & enjoyed each others company. Our culinary treat was provided onboard by skipper Tony who prepared a delicious meal. Tony is a superb host with every fine detail catered for. His skill an expertise are second to none. Health & safety is paramount at all times & we certainly felt extremely safe in his experienced hands. Our itinerary was carefully selected with a careful watch on changing weather systems observed. Tony is a very patient man & used every opportunity to encourage our limited skills. My left handed knot tying probably tested this. Nebraska is truly a wonderful vessel which feels very luxurious from the moment you set foot onboard. All your needs are catered for & a selection of music makes the journey soothing & memorable. Bruce Springsteen music will now trigger wonderful memories of a fabulous trip with great people. We can't wait to go back!⛵
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Tony D, Owner at North Coast Sailing
Responded 3 Jul 2019
Susie thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. It was great to have you and Karen on board but even better than you'll come back to do it all over again. Looking forward to it already.
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Paulie203 wrote a review Aug 2018
Koblenz, Germany6 contributions
Just returned home from a simply fantastic weekend onboard yacht Nebraska and skipper Tony Dunlop. We pulled out of Ballycastle early Friday morning on our way to Port Patrick, neither myself or my 3 friends had ever been to this part of Scotland before but Tony had assured us we wouldn’t be disappointed, he was right....we had an absolute blast. This little harbour town was just beautiful, great atmosphere, super pubs, live music and dancing on the street, warm weather...couldn’t have got much better! Yacht Nebraska is a beautiful boat and Captain Tony was is an absolute gentleman, he couldn’t have done any more for myself and my 3 friends. Everything was very meticulously, organised, planned and executed by Tony, he is a true professional and we had a tonne of fun learning the basics about sailing (me spectating!). I would thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone, we really enjoyed ourselves and will be back again next year for sure. Thanks for everything Tony, you’re a gentleman and we can’t thank you enough for this experience...until next year! Happy sailing! Paul.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Tony D, Owner at North Coast Sailing
Responded 8 Aug 2018
Paul thank you so much for your review. I'm delighted you enjoyed the trip to Portpatrick which is a personal favourite of mine. We certainly had a blast and I'm delighted you'll be back next year to do it all over again. She was a lively one! :-)
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islandsong07 wrote a review Jul 2018
Wentworth, Canada4 contributions
My wife and I have sailed for many years from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas and every where in between. We have sailed the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. We have just returned home from sailing with Captain Tony Dunlop of North Coast Sailing . Our son and daughter- in-law were with us. This three week experience was the best we have ever had. Tony took us to the Mull of Kintyre , the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Man. He is a competent captian looking after all the necessary safety factors. He is in tune with all of our needs and attentive to any insecurities. His attention to detail is second to none and showed us all the best of Northern Ireland , as well as those parts of Scotland we visited. He knows the waters well. We felt safe and secure at all times. While on land , we had a fantastic time in the resturants and pubs. Tony knows the best and they know Tony. He is simply a great host , so easy to get along with. Nebraska is a well- appointed safe vessel .With regard to weather, we hit the jackpot. It was sunny and clear 19 out of 22 days. Stop thinking about it , just do it . You will never regret it.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Tony D, Owner at North Coast Sailing
Responded 8 Aug 2018
I'm so delighted that you all enjoyed the trip. I can't deny, you were super lucky with the weather. I'd love to say it's like that all the time! It was great to have you all on board for this extended voyage and I'd love to see you all back for more of the same. I hope the boat hunting is going well back home!
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Wallachie wrote a review Jun 2018
Portstewart, United Kingdom8 contributions
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This was my first experience on a sailing boat, and it really did not disappoint! Tony is the the perfect host and a super professional skipper, he made us feel at ease immediately and ensured we all knew the drill from a safety point of view, and his experience at sea just shines through, he even taught us the knots we'd need to know to assist him at sea! Nebraska is just stunning, an immaculately kept boat with all the facilities you would ever need, most importantly a well stocked fridge and a great sound system, Bruce Springsteen fans will enjoy the playlists! Our trip saw us set sail on friday from Ballycastle to Campbeltown for an overnight stay, where we encountered a pod of Porpoises just outside the harbour! Then it was off to Largs for an overnight stay, which was a lovely marina and town where Tony showed us the sights in the evening! Then we set off around the glorious scenery of Kyles of Bute to our next stop of Portavadie, which was amazing. Such a hidden treasure with a really awesome pool and spa complex right at the marina. Our final stop was again Campbeltown where we enjoyed one final night in town, most notably a Chinese restaurant which we had great craic in! Our final sail home to Ballycastle was in the pouring rain, but it didn't dampen our spirits, it was the most amazing trip and I cannot wait to board Nebraska again in the not too distant future.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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