Mingulay, Vatersay and more – 9 night guided cruise with Ben Buxton

Availability Sat 8th June to Mon 17th June
1 place
(single cabin*)

*single cabin £2562.50

This cruise focuses on some of the smaller islands of the Outer Hebrides, in particular the remote and spectacular islands strung out like jewels south of the Isle of Barra at the southern end of the chain. Your guide on this cruise will be Ben Buxton, who has had a life-long passion for the Scottish islands. He is the author of two books on the archaeology and history of the islands south of Barra: “Mingulay, an Island and its People” (Birlinn, revised edition 2016), which includes Pabbay and Berneray;  and “The Vatersay Raiders”(Birlinn, 2008) which is about Vatersay and Sandray.

Destination:  Guests arrive at Oban and board Hjalmar Bjorge in time for a departure at approximately 1600.  We’ll make a leisurely cruise up the Sound of Mull to Tobermory for our evening meal at anchor.

Our route to the Outer Hebrides will depend on prevailing weather conditions. We may visit the delightful Small Isles, and head north, possibly North Uist, and the Sound of Harris with its many remarkable islands.

From here we will head south for Eriskay, well known from the film Whisky Galore, Barra, with its unique castle on an islet in Castlebay, and Vatersay. This island has glorious beaches and a sheltered anchorage off one of them. It is well known for the Vatersay Raiders, who invaded the island in 1906 and whose descendants still live there. The islands south of here, Sandray, Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray (Barra head) have spectacular cliffs and beaches, and the last two have important seabird colonies.

The evocative remains of the settlements of the last inhabitants, who left more than a century ago, can be seen, and there are earlier sites dating back thousands of years. Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray are owned by the National Trust for Scotland

Landing on these islands is  dependent on the weather and we will try to visit as many as possible. It might even be possible to anchor for the night off Sandray and Mingulay, subject to favourable conditions.

On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Monday 17 June.


Highlights:  Amazing archaeology on remote and rarely visited islands – grey seal colonies – seabirds – sea and golden eagles – corncrakes – otters – whales – dolphins – red deer- beautiful beaches


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