Outer Hebrides and the Shiants – 9 night cruise
|Availability||Sat 27th April to Mon 6th May||
(3 twin cabins, 2 single cabins*)
*Twin cabin £1895 per person, single cabin £2368.75
A cruise designed to discover some of the more remote Hebridean islands without the sometimes arduous trek out to St Kilda. See the Shiants and the beautiful west coast islands of the Western Isles. Daily walks, large numbers of birds and likelihood of cetaceans.
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 Eriskay, Barra Head, Mingulay, Vatersay, Taransay, Scarp and the Monach Islands, etc. We will aim to land on The Shiants and explore these wonderful islands with their large seabird colonies and interesting archaeological remains. This cruise will not visit St Kilda.
On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Monday 6 May.
Wildlife highlights we’ve enjoyed on previous cruises:
Cetacean encounters most commonly with Minke whales, occasional sightings of Humpbacks, Fin and Sperm whale, frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins, Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted, Basking sharks. There is a good chance of seeing otters, and lots of seals!
Birds of prey (Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Buzzards, Kestrel), Black Guillemots (known as Tysties), Corncrake, Smart Dippers & Grey Wagtails, Red & Black-throated Divers, Great Northern Divers, Fulmars, Gannets, Hooded Crows, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Redshank, Ringed & Golden Plover, Oystercatcher & Lapwing, Kittiwakes, Storm Petrels, Manx Shearwater, Ravens, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills – Skuas, both Arctic & Bonxies, Arctic & Common Terns.
Please Note: The above map indicates an area within which we are likely to travel. Weather and the interests and abilities of guests influence the skipper’s final decision. Sightings and findings are examples from previous similar cruises; the list is neither exhaustive nor guaranteed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Atlantic puffins have penguin-like colouring but they sport a colourful beak that has led some to dub them the "sea parrot". The beak fades to a drab grey during the winter and blooms with colour again in the spring.