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The Clyde Cruising Club has published Sailing Directions for Scottish waters since its inception in 1909, first as the well known Blue Book which was published in ten editions until 1974 and latterly in 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 remaining with the CCC and publishing being undertaken by the nautical specialists, Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson. All the books can be obtained direct from Imray and many other online sources. Alternatively, they are stocked by the majority of good chandlers or can be ordered from the CCC office in Glasgow; tel: 0141 221 2774. (1-5pm) Clyde Cruising Club Members are entitled to a discount of up to 40% if ordering through the CCC office.


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 updated second edition has been prepared and published by Imrays. For further details see the right panel of this page.


Each publication has regular 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. Amendments remain on the website until a new edition of a book is published.

To find the amendments, look at the foot of each publication's page (links to each on the right of this page), there's a link to the amendments to that book.the back of the relevant book.


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 at:

Last updated 18:42 on 13 February 2024

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