St Kilda and Outer Isles, inc. the Shiants – 9 night cruise
|Availability||Monday 1st May to Wednesday 10th May
£2385 per person
A fantastic opportunity to visit 2 unique locations on the same cruise, both with outstanding seabird colonies and fascinating archaeological remains.
Visit both St Kilda (the UK’s only dual UNESCO World Heritage site and a real bucket list destination) and the Shiant Isles (where you will experience amazing numbers of seabirds) alongside other beautiful Hebridean Islands.
Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge around 1530 on Monday 1st May in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.
The itinerary is dependent on the weather – balancing shelter with reaching our main destinations of St Kilda and the Shiants.
At St Kilda walk in the footsteps of the old villagers who left long ago now as you check out the stone houses and other buildings where they stored supplies, livestock and even the feathers they used to collect from the seabirds nesting on the cliffs.
The Shiant Isles, this lovely little archipelago of 3 islands is home to the 2nd largest UK puffin colony after St Kilda and the largest razorbill colony, as well as guillemots (watch out for the bridled form with their eye stripe!), shags, kittiwakes and great skuas. Check out the bothy!
The Uists, step ashore on glorious beaches and watch out for otters playing along the rocky shorelines.
Small Isles, four islands each with a different character. There is a puffin colony on Canna and the Sgurr of Eigg is a famous local landmark.
On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Wednesday 10th May.
Sightings and findings from previous similar cruises: Arctic skua – basking shark – black guillemot – bottlenose dolphins – buzzard – common dolphins – cormorant – fulmars – gannets – golden eagle – great northern diver – great skuas – guillemots – humpback whale – kittiwakes – Leach’s petrels – long-tailed skua – Manx shearwaters – minke whales – otters – oystercatchers – peregrine – pomarine skua – porpoise – puffins – razorbills – red-throated divers – Risso’s dolphins – sea eagle – seals – Soay sheep – St Kilda mouse – St Kilda wren – storm petrels – stunning sunsets – sunfish – terns – whale vertebrae found on beach – white-beaked dolphins
Please Note: 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.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Our skippers, Mark and Tim have over 70 years of combined experience sailing the west coast of Scotland.