United Kingdom·August 1 - 7 2024

Focus on St Kilda Cruise

Our St Kilda cruises offer an adventurous itinerary aiming for guests to spend time on Hirta, but also seeing Soay, Boreray and the Stacs.

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Overview

** Just one male cabin sharing place left! ** Our best-selling St Kilda expedition cruise from Oban offers an adventurous (and weather-dependant!) itinerary aiming to enable guests to spend time walking on Hirta, the main island of St Kilda (with packed lunches provided). Your cruise will visit at least one other remote island as well during our transit to or from St Kilda, located 40 miles west of the Isle of Harris in the Atlantic. This little archipelago punches well above its weight, being the UK's only dual UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to huge numbers of seabirds plus cetaceans in its surrounding waters. All our St Kilda cruises uniquely offer a comprehensive cruise not just to the Stacs and Boreray, but also around Hirta and Soay (weather dependent) for close up views of the dramatic sea cliffs, bird colonies, local Soay sheep, and rock formations. Sightings and findings from previous similar cruises: Arctic skua – basking shark – black guillemot – bottlenose dolphins – common dolphins – gannets – golden eagle – great northern diver – great skuas – guillemots – humpback whale – kittiwakes – Leach’s petrels – long-tailed skua – Manx shearwaters – minke whales – otters – 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 – sunfish – whale vertebrae found on beach – white-beaked dolphins.

Highlights

World Heritage Site

World Heritage Site

Recognised internationally by UNESCO both for its cultural and wildlife significance, the little archipelago of St Kilda consists of the islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray, along with the giant sea stacks of Stac An Armin and Stac Lee, the tallest in Britain.

Village Bay

Village Bay

The main draw of St Kilda is the chance to step back in time and imagine how the remote village community managed to survive here. Set foot in some of the restored buildings and soak up the atmosphere - it really is something special.

Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna

The seabird colonies such as the gannets on the Stacs are justly famous here, and a former source of protein for the islanders. Puffins, skuas, fulmars and wheatears abound but the St Kilda wren and mouse are found nowhere else - will you spot them?

Hosts

Skipper = TBA

Skipper = TBA

Chef = Molly Scanlon

Chef = Molly Scanlon

Crewmember = TBA

Crewmember = TBA

Schedule

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Itinerary Overview

Guests arrive in Oban ready for around 1530 on Thursday 1st August, with the Hjalmar Bjorge departing in the late afternoon – the overnight destination based on forecast conditions. 


While all our adventures cruises have a rough itinerary in mind, they are subject to the vagaries of the weather and sea conditions each day, and none more so than the remote islands of St Kilda. Your skipper will know the best anchorages to aim for and may respond to particularly good wildlife spotting or shore excursion opportunities along the way. Therefore please see the proposed cruising area map that will give you an idea of the variety of locations you may be cruising in and around.


If the weather is kind and we can make the archipelago, then you will have time exploring the main island of Hirta (with picnic lunches provided for all-day walks) and viewing the other islands and stacks in the group – Dun, Soay, Stac Lee, Boreray and Stac an Armin. 


The journey back will be less intense with time ashore at perhaps Mingulay and/or Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. We arrive back in Oban for your departure after breakfast on the last morning of Thursday 8th August.

What's Included

What's Included

Cabin accomodation

Chef prepared meals

Snacks and fresh fruit

Hot drinks

All bedding and towels

Drinks from the bar

Tickets

Cabin 1 - Twin/Double Cabin

Cabin 1 - Twin/Double Cabin

A twin cabin with bunk beds, a single over a double. With sink.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Cabin 2 - Twin Cabin

Cabin 2 - Twin Cabin

Twin cabin with bunk beds one over the other. With sink.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Cabin 3 - Twin Cabin

Cabin 3 - Twin Cabin

Twin cabin with bunk beds one over the other. With sink.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Cabin 4 - Twin/Single Cabin

Cabin 4 - Twin/Single Cabin

Twin cabin with bunk beds one over the other. With sink. Available for single supplement.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Cabin 5 - Twin/Single Cabin

Cabin 5 - Twin/Single Cabin

Twin cabin with bunkbeds one over the other. With sink. Available for single supplement.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Cabin 6 - Forepeak Twin Cabin

Cabin 6 - Forepeak Twin Cabin

Twin cabin at the Forepeak with one raised bunk on either side. With sink and skylight.

FROM$2,937.98/pp

Trip Tips

Binoculars

Binoculars

If you have a favourite pair of binoculars please do bring them along. They will be very useful for spotting wildlife and watching it up close, as well as studying details of the landscape and ancient monuments that we pass by. If you don't have your own don't worry - we will have some loan pairs on-board for you. Also, don't forget a lens cloth or wipes for cleaning any salt spray.

Reading Material

Reading Material

Do you like to read up in advance about a destination, or to have a guide or ID book with you, then please have a look at our online bookstore. You will find a range of pre-selected titles from us, or you can search the whole store for your favourite authors or other titles that you may find useful or enjoyable on-board. Just look under "Shop" in our main menu.

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FAQs

We aim to depart around 3.30pm from the North Pier Pontoons on the harbour front in Oban. We will text you a code for the gate at the top of the pontoons on the morning of your departure.

After booking, we will send you a "Welcome Aboard" email that includes all the information you will need about how to find us in Oban, and also what we suggest you think about bringing with you.

We have an arrangement with a local company called Stoddarts Motorcycles who offer secure on-site parking a short walk away from the harbour in town. The details will be included about this in your "Welcome Aboard" email you will receive after booking.

Yes. Our chef can cater for most diets and of course will take account of any food allergies you let us know about. Due to the limited time, storage and galley space on board ship however, please understand that we cannot cater for every personal dislike so we will not be offended if you do not eat something on your plate.

Focus on St Kilda Cruise

United Kingdom· August 1 - 7 2024· 6 nights

FROM$2937/pp