ITINERARY

North Hebridean Explorer and West Loch Roag – 9 night cruise

Availability Sat 10th August to Mon 19th August
1 place                         
(male sharing a twin cabin)

*shared cabin £1950

A cruise designed to explore the stunning islands, wildlife and archaeology in the Northern Hebrides.  This cruise will not include North Rona, but if we get the right conditions we may include the Flannan Isles.

Destination: Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge around 1600 on Saturday 10 August in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.

Shiant arrival

The itinerary is dependent on weather – but we aim to head north, visiting the Shiant Islands en-route. The scenery here is wonderful and you will see huge numbers kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and fulmars (although the puffins may have left their nests you may be lucky enough to see some on the water).  We will then head futher north via Tolsta Head – where humpback whales have been sighted in recent years.  We will round the Butt of Lewis – another great area for sightings of large cetaceans – then travel down the West coast of Lewis, where we will anchor in West Loch Roag.  From here we can access many amazing archaeological sites including the Broch at Caroloway, the Callanish standing stones and the Iron Age round house on Great Bernera.  We will aim to land on Little Bernera and Great Bernera in this stunning location.

We may (if the weather conditions are good)  head west to include the Flannan Isles, with their stunning birdlife, archaeology and lighthouse. Then we will head south, with possible visits to Mealista, a stunning island north of Scarp, which we may also visit.  We may land at Taransay on our way into the Sound of Harris, where there are also numerous beautiful islands for possible landings (Pabay, Shillay, Ensay) before heading back via the small isles and Mull.

On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Monday 19th August.

Highlights: large cetaceans -archaeology – stunning deserted islands – responsible viewing of spectacular birds of prey, including Golden & Sea Eagles and their hopefully successfully fledged young ending their breeding season – the start of seabird passage in the Minch as breeding colonies disperse, with regular Terns, Shearwaters, Skuas, Gulls and Auks.

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