Isles at the edge of the Atlantic – Discovering St. Kilda and the Hebrides
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Your chance to feel the magic and solitude of the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda aboard a unique sailing boat. Shake free from modern life and take off on a sea adventure, out into the Atlantic to Hirta where you can experience an ancient way of life in these far flung islands, or walk barefoot on deserted white sands, take the helm or pull on some sails for a holiday of a lifetime.
Starting in Oban, this gateway to the isles provides a wonderful starting point for your holiday of a lifetime to experience the magic of the Hebridean Isles and St Kilda. Sailing aboard this historic vessel, take the unique chance to visit some of the more remote and unusual places of the Hebrides.
The focus point for the voyage will be to reach St Kilda. Lying out in the Atlantic, 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, this archipelago was once home to Britain’s most isolated community. The history of the people, its remoteness and amazing wildlife make the islands an exceptionally desirable destination for anyone interested in natural history.
Please note: St Kilda is never a guaranteed destination due to weather and swell conditions.
Bessie Ellen will sail overnight to arrive in the early morning in Village Bay. On landing, walk around the abandoned village before taking a more energetic climb to the edge of the steepest cliffs in Britain passing hundreds of small stone huts known as cleits used for storing the Guga. Rare Soay sheep roam here, a primitive breed of today’s domestic sheep. Before returning aboard make sure you get a St Kilda stamp in your passport!
Bessie Ellen will then take you on a tour round the archipelago, heading for Stac Lee and Boreray to visit the largest gannet (Guga) colony in the world. This majestic sight will entrance you, millions of sea birds circling the cliffs coming in to nest on the sheer rock face.
Leaving St Kilda behind, we head out for the Monach’s. This silent and special group became a nature reserve for the undisturbed machair and their Grey Seal population. About 10,000 come ashore each autumn, making it one of the largest such colonies in the world. With shoes in hand, wander through the flowers and herbs relishing in the silent beauty here.
Cruising Uist and Harris we will visit some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from white sand beaches with crystal clear water to stark rocky hills patched in purple heather. Each day you will have the time to walk ashore, climb a mountain or wander along these perfect beaches before heading back for a cosy evening on board.
Turning back towards home the Shiant Isles and the large puffin colony will entrance you before sailing towards the imposing peaks of Skye. Close by are the Small Isles, Rum, Canna and Eigg, each one worth a visit for their individuality of scenery and wildlife.
Rounding Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly of mainland Britain, we may anchor in Tobermory before the final long day sail back toward your final night moored at Kerrera just outside of Oban.
Puffins, guillemots and razorbills are all breeding at this time of year. Get close up to the burrows and capture images like this! Seals are a common sight, either sunning on rocks or out fishing in the sound. If we are lucky, basking sharks and Minke whales are also feeding in the plankton rich waters of the western Isles.
Scotland must be most famous for Eagles and deer. Mull is the ideal place to spot them if we are lucky get close enough.
If you would like more information about our voyages, then please do give us a call on 07800 825 382.
How to get there:
By Rail: Queen Street Station, Glasgow. Train links from all over UK. Glasgow – Oban runs 4 scheduled trains a day in summer.
Fly to Glasgow: From Bristol, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, Birmingham, Belfast City Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Norwich and Southampton.
There is parking space in Oban if you arrive by car.
Please note that you will need to arrange your own travel insurance, which covers you for the duration of your voyage. We recommend Topsail Insurance, which offers single policies from about £20.
Where to Stay:
Oban has many hotels and B&B .
McCaigs Folly, Oban
Oban whisky distillery
Lunch at the Seafood Bar for the best shellfish and sandwiches.
Walk Kerrera to stretch your legs.
Skippers Mobile: 07800 825 382