Originally Posted by Exiles
Thanks all!!! do you know what towns or yacht clubs t stop at in the orkneys or shetlands?
In your position I would make a decision later, based on the weather pattern at the time.
For Orkney, go to Kirkwall. Enter via Shapinsay Sound and leave by way of Eynhallow Sound or Westray Firth. This is where it really pays of to have a "current friendly" thinking.
Don't even think of Pentland Firth and Scapa Flow, unless you make a point of cruising the Orkneys. To much trouble with precise timing, for safe passages.
For Shetland, go to Lerwick. Last time we left Lerwick, we sailed to Torshavn via Yell Sound.
I'm not aware of any basic yachting facilities, except for in Kirkwall and Lerwick.