The Cool Route stretches from Cork in the South of Ireland up to Northern Ireland and Western Scotland, then on to the Faroe Islands and Norway. Documented as being sailed by Celtic saints in the 7th century and Viking raiders in the 8th century, this often overlook area of Northern Europe has plenty to offer for superyachts looking to explore more off the beaten track locations.
"The Cool Route, mile for nautical mile, must be the most interesting coastal route anywhere, with a recoded history of saints, scholars and Vikings sailing these waters 1,500 years ago," says F1 legend Eddie Jordan. "It’s not just the history, I may be a little biased, but here we are referring to some of the most scenic and majestic coastlines anywhere in the world."
While a number of superyachts have ventured to Scotland and the Norwegian Fjords are fast becoming one of Scandinavia's most popular destinations, parts of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Faroe Islands remain relatively unexplored by superyachts. However, with an increase of interest in explorer yachts over the last couple of years, this is changing.
"The number of superyachts opting to explore these coastlines is increasing year-on-year, attracted by the many things to do and see. Personal and vessel security is highly appreciated also," Jordan adds.
What to do and see: Get a taste of Irish, British and Scandinavian culture in one fell swoop. Each location has a lush, unique and rugged landscape and vibrant wildlife. While Cork offers spectacular golf courses, Medieval castles and rustic watering holes, Western Scotland is the perfect place to tour a whisky distillery or go horse riding. Indulge in a helicopter tour of the Faroe Islands before enjoying the extraordinary 10-course tasting menu at KOKS, which comprises of dried, fermented, smoked and salted dishes alongside wine and beer pairings. During your final stop in Norway, be sure to tour the fjords, find the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights and try out a husky-sledding trip.
When to visit: It is best to visit this part of the world during the summer months, when there is much more light. Additionally, the narrow passages running between the Faroes can make sailing in these waters quite challenging.