St Kilda and Continental Shelf Expedition– 9 night cruise

Availability Sat 20th July to Mon 29th July
Fully booked                       

An adventurous expedition, spending time to explore the amazing sights at St Kilda, then heading out further west to explore the continental shelf drop-off, a route used by large cetaceans.  We’ve ventured into this remote area before and amazing and unusual bird sightings, Sabine gulls being one of them as well as whales, huge pods of dolphins and massive sunfish. 

Destination: Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge around 1600 on Saturday 20 July in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard in Tobermory, Mull or nearby.

Weather dependent, we will either make an early start to head out for St Kilda the following morning, or we may make our way via the Small Isles to the Sound of Harris before heading to St Kilda the following day.

We aim to spend at least one overnight at St Kilda, possibly 2.  We will put guests ashore to spend time exploring the main island of Hirta (packed lunch provided) and we will cruise around the stunning Stacs with their prolific birdlife.  

Our plan is then to leave St Kilda at dawn, joining the storm petrels and other birdlife as they head West to go fishing.  We will travel to the edge of the Continental Shelf, which drops off to over 1,000 metres and is historically where the whaling boats headed!  Here we are searching for big stuff, but this time the only shots will be from cameras.  We will work our way south along the shelf, where we hope to see many large cetaceans, and then head back towards the Sound of Barra to explore the beautiful islands of the Southern Hebrides (Mingulay, Pabbay, Berneray).

On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Monday 29th July.

Highlights: Astounding birdlife – stunning scenery – historical sites of interest – sightings of large cetaceans -archaeology – stunning deserted islands- spending time in a very remote location


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