Outer Hebrides and St Kilda – 9 nights
|Availability||8th to 17th May||
|31st July to 9th August
(1 male sharing a twin cabin)
£1895 per person
A cruise designed to discover some of the more remote Hebridean islands including, weather permitting, St Kilda. This cruise will include the fabulous Monach Islands and the small remote islands off the south of the Western Isles, plus the added bonus of visiting St Kilda. Daily walks, seabirds, eagles and a great time of year for cetaceans.
Destination: Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge in Oban around 1600 on the first day of the cruise. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us cruise leisurely up the Sound of Mull for a night in Tobermory or possibly Loch Sunart, dinner will be served whilst we are on anchor.
The itinerary is dependent on weather – balancing shelter with reaching our preferred destinations – but may include, for example, some of the following destinations: Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), Skye, Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. In the Outer Hebrides possibilities include Barra Head, Mingulay, Pabbay, Sandray and Vatersay, North Uists and possibly Harris. We will aim to spend a day at the lovely low lying Monachs (or Heisker as it is known) and explore these wonderful islands with their seabird and huge grey seal colonies, acres of flat sandy beaches and interesting archaeological remains. If weather conditions allow we’ll also make the dash to St Kilda and explore this remarkable archipelago.
A typical itinerary on this trip is; outbound north to Loch Eport, through the Sound of Harris to St Kilda, returning via the Monachs through the Sound of Barra and then south to explore the Sheep Isles (Mingulay, Pabbay, Barra Head).
On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure.
Highlights: Expect Sea and Golden Eagles, cetaceans (such as Dolphins, Minke Whales and Basking Sharks) and seabirds such as Gannets, Fulmars, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Terns, Skuas and Razorbills. Breeding on the Machair and moorland will be in full swing, with Dunlin, Snipe, Golden Plover and Common Sandpiper, along with spectacular sky-dancing Hen Harriers and wing-clapping Short-eared Owls. Our colony of Leach’s Petrels at St Kilda is more elusive but Stormies are regular as we cross the Minch or on the approach to the archipelago, and of course there’s St Kilda’s unique Wren, Soay Sheep and last but not least, except maybe in size, the endemic St Kilda Field Mouse.
Scotland’s unique Machair bursts into life in the spring and summer, with spectacular carpets of wildflowers and rare and distinctive orchids, with a supporting cast of species such as Thrift, Spring Squill, insectivorous Sundews and Butterwort, Eyebright, Campion, Primroses and Cuckooflowers of particular interest to botanists
DID YOU KNOW?
Male Orca can grow to 30ft long and weigh over 10 tonnes. Females are slightly smaller than males but still formidable hunters!