Get Back On The Water

Get Back On The Water Update

Thursday 28th May 2020

Once again thank you to all our customers, contractors and staff for their support during these unprecedented times, and we’re delighted at least now there is some good news on the horizon.

With the First Minister’s announcement today (28/05/20) of the easing of restrictions by moving to Phase 1 and with it, according to RYA Scotland, the ability to exercise specifically now including sailing and motor boating – albeit with the caveat only for those who live within a ‘reasonable distance’ of their boat.

RYA Scotland also state, “The Scottish Government have been clear, this is still a public health crisis and we are looking at an extension to exercise options, not a carte blanche return to boating.”

The latest RYA Scotland guidance is available here HERE

We will all be delighted to have the chance to get back to our boats and enjoy the world class sailing waters of the Clyde but please bear in mind, there are still many restrictions that apply in the Phase 1 guidance – the Government Guidance is available HERE

We would ask you to please bear in mind the following points relating to boats and boating:

You are currently advised to stay local to your primary residence to undertake leisure activities.

Leisure activities must only take place with members from your immediate household.

Current regulations say you cannot stay overnight on your boat.

Social distancing measures are still essential.

We have already announced the new Safety Protocols we have implemented at our marinas and you can see those below or download a copy HERE

There is also a new ‘Get Back On The Water’ leaflet, with guidelines to help make your return safer and simpler – you can see a copy of this HERE

Finally, we are as delighted as you to be moving back to boating but, the continued easing of lockdown restrictions depends on all of us taking a safe, and considerate attitude currently and continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

Please remember, we are all in this together and we all share a responsibility.

In the meantime, enjoy the coming weekend, please stay safe and considerate, and we look forward to seeing you back at Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay.

Gavin McDonagh

Managing Director


Covid-19 Update from Holt Leisure Group

Covid-19 Update from Holt Leisure Group

To use a marine analogy, we are all in uncharted waters with the current Covid-19 pandemic, dealing with a situation which is changing daily.

Holt Leisure Group’s priority is, and always will be, the safety and security of our staff, customers and the boats in our marinas.

To that end we have initiated many changes in the way we operate – some that may be apparent and many that will not be – and being cognisant of the daily briefings from WHO, the government and the NHS.

We have closed the Chandlery and Chartroom Restaurant at Kip in order to allow staff to remain at home on furlough, initiated home working for as many other staff across our marinas as possible, and ensured that front line staff remain on full pay as essential workers and to ensure that the marinas and our customers boats remain safe and secure.

We are operating daytime patrols checking the security of all customers boats and the pontoons while our new security company provides full cover during night-time hours.

For added peace of mind, our new Kip Marina Webcams are now live on our website so you can view the marina from wherever you are.

From our business perspective, and that of our colleagues and competitors, it is difficult to decide on further policies currently until such times as we know whether:

(a) We will receive any government support for the marine industry (other than payroll support for furloughed staff) as currently there is no such support in place.

(b) The length of time we remain in the current restricted operational circumstances included non-essential travel and the logistical implications of this.

As valued customers, we would assure you that we are constantly reviewing the situation and aim to react timeously to any changes we may encounter while maintaining our prime objective of the safety and security of staff, customers and the boats.

In the meantime, if you have a specific request regarding a check on your vessel or another specific concern you can contact and we will attend as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.


Gavin McDonagh

Managing Director

Holt Leisure Group