Set out for St Kilda & the Small Isles 2017

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE050817 Sat 5 Aug (16.00) Mon 14 Aug (10.00) Oban Oban 10 £1050 Book voyage »

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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 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, in the Atlantic ocean,  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 and wildlife.

**Please note: St Kilda is never a guaranteed destination due to weather and swell conditions.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

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 may head out for the Monach’s. Here, 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 & Harris we will visit some of the most stunning scenery in the world, from white sand beaches with the 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. 07800825 382


Useful Information

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.

By Air: From Bristol, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, BirminghamUnited Kingdom Belfast City Cardiff East Midland 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 and the surrounding area has many reasonably priced B&B’s.  Alternatively, depending on your travel plans, it may be more convenient to overnight in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Visitor Attractions:

McCaigs Folly, Oban

Oban whisky distillery

Highland shopping

Lunch at the Seafood Bar for the best shellfish and sandwiches.

Walk the gorgeous Kerrera to stretch your legs.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a few common enquiries that we receive.