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The Clyde Cruising Club has published Sailing Directions for Scottish waters since its inception in 1909, firstly included in the journal, then after a few years as a dedicated book, the well known Blue Book which was published in ten editions until 1974. More recently the Scottish coast has been divided into five separate volumes under the titles listed below. Since 2011 these books have gradually been merged with Martin Lawrence's Yachtsman's Pilot series with editorial control by the CCC, and publishing by the nautical specialists, Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson.

Members: You can purchase the sailing directions through this website in the "shop" section. This is where you get your members 40% discount on the series of books. (discount on retail price, does not account for any discount by retailers)

Non-members of CCC: All the books can be obtained direct from Imray and many other online sources. Alternatively, they are stocked by the majority of good chandlers. Can also be ordered from the CCC office in Glasgow; tel: 0141 221 2774. (only 1-5pm). Member discount is only for members, but if you buy all 5 books you'd cover your membership.


CCC Sailing Directions are also available in a PDF version. This provides an identical format to that of the printed books which can be viewed on a phone, tablet or laptop. To buy a CCC/Imray PDF book use the link, 'Buy PDF book'. This will take you to the relevant title on the Google Play Book store where you will be offered an option to preview before you buy. They can be read on a wide range of smartphones, tablets and desktop computers including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, Sony Reader etc. PDF books are not available via iBooks but Apple users can download Google Play Books or another PDF book reader app on to their device. They are not currently supported for Kindle.


Imray have just published, (Nov 2021) in conjunction with CCC Publications, their new chart set for the area Kintyre to Ardnamurchan. Images to the right.


To mark the centenary of the CCC the Club published a companion to the Sailing Directions, Cruising Scotland. This gives a well-illustrated overview of the entire west coast of Scotland from the Solway Firth to Cape Wrath, serving as a guide to cruise planning and a general introduction to Scottish waters for visiting yachtsmen. By 2015 the original print-run had sold out and an revised and updated second edition has been prepared and published by Imray. For further details see the right panel of this page.


Each publication has annual amendments to update new light sequences, fresh contact details, new experiences in anchorages and even newly discovered rocks!

Amendments for each book of Sailing Directions are published here when they are done annually, typically by end of April. Amendments remain on the website until a new edition of a book is published. (which will incorporate those amendments)

To find the amendments, click on the links for each document. A downloadable pdf for each book in a similar format to the book itself.


Maybe, but 'new' rocks are discovered and countless other things change. If you see anything, however minor, in these Directions that needs amending or updating please email the editor using the contact form on this website ("contact" on the menu tab at page top.) This form classifies by topic and lets the appropriate person know of the contact. Your assistance in keeping us up to date will be appreciated by many.

Last updated 07:50 on 14 June 2024

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