The Solent offers a huge range of possibilities for day trips and relaxed boating. Whether you are looking for an adventurous weekend to multiple harbours or a tranquil sail for the day with a stop-off on the way, there are some great options along the south coast.
If you are interested in exploring the Solent and its surrounds please contact our team today to discuss destinations. We can provide advice and guidance from our years of boating in the area.
Some of the most popular destinations for charter on the Solent include:
Cowes is a charming port town on the Isle of Wight. It has a great deal of yachting pedigree as the home of the world-famous Cowes Week, as well as functioning at the start and finish of the Round the Island Race.
While in Cowes you can enjoy the great range of restaurants, pubs and bars. And if you’re interested in the cultural side you can visit former royal residence at Osborne House as well as the Classic Boat Museum.
If you are heading to the Isle of Wight another option in Yarmouth. This is a truly scenic day trip from the Solent where you can discover everything from the 16th century Yarmouth Castle to the pretty Fort Victoria Country Park. You will also be based close to the stunning natural beauty of The Needles.
There is also the annual Old Gaffers Festival which occurs in early June, incorporating boat races as well as onshore entertainment.
Lymington is both a fort town and a gateway to the New Forest. The area is ideal for those looking for a trip to a charming seaside town with access to range of different attractions and things to do. Nature lovers will love the open countryside and opportunities for wildlife watching.
For those looking to get a feel for the place there’s everything from the family-focused theme park Paultons Park, to the chance to visit Hurst Castle and the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
Poole Harbour is one of the most popular destinations on the Solent, and with good reason. This is a stunning natural spot with opportunities for fun for both families and adults. With quayside bars and restaurants, you don’t have to venture far for a relaxed day, or you can explore the local area for a rich variety of activities.
There’s the fun of Splashdown Waterpark in easy reach, as well as Brownsea Island – perfect for those who love the outdoors. You are also close to the charming Corfe Castle and the fossil hunting opportunities of the Jurassic Coast.
Portsmouth is destination that has become a favourite when sailing the Solent. It has something to please everyone from shopping, dining and nightlife to a huge array of fun local attractions. Gunwharf Quays is the retail centre of the harbour with the famous Spinnaker Tower towering over the coastline.
You can also venture to the Blue Reef Aquarium or visit the fun things to do at Southsea. It’s also worth visiting the dockyard to learn about the maritime and naval history of the town.
There’s plenty to see and do at in Southampton, which is within easy reach of the Solent, especially if visiting via the River Hamble or River Itchen. With historic attractions and excellent marina services available at Ocean Village, this can be a great choice for a daytrip. Don’t miss the famous Southampton Boat Show which runs in September.