St Kilda, an Outer Hebrides Cruise, Scotland

“A 12 day cruise, on board a traditional ketch boat, with a fabulous skipper who knows everything there is to know about the Outer Hebrides, its wildlife and wild spots.”


Tobermory, Isle of Mull| Isle of Oronsay | Rum Island National Nature Reserve | Loch Scresort | Canna | Sanday | Barra | Berneray | Barra Head lighthouse | St Kilda archipelago and Hirta | Monach Island | Lochboisdale on South Uist | Loch Skipport | Eigg | Muck | Soay | Boreay

Description of St Kilda, an Outer Hebrides Cruise, Scotland

Starting in Oban, in the Inner Hebrides, we then venture further afield on this predominantly Outer Hebrides cruise. This trip takes you on a gloriously slow, gentle journey around a wonderful array of islands, small and large, inhabited and uninhabited. If the weather permits, our ultimate aim will be to reach the remote St Kilda archipelago, 66km west of the Outer Hebrides, and one of the UK’s finest World Heritage Sites.

Sleeping on board a beautifully restored traditional wooden ketch, with room for only six guests, you will have the company of a skipper and cook couple, experts in marine wildlife, landscapes, culture and conservation. This trip is one of our favourites with families, couples and solo travellers and the skipper is always flexible to adapt the itinerary to be as busy or laid back as you would like.

The wildlife that you will see on this trip is second to none, as we anchor off remote islands such as Barra and Monach Islands and sail past uninhabited tiny gems like Sandray, Pabbay and Mingulay. All the time looking out for a wide array of seabirds, seals, basking sharks, whales, porpoises and dolphins. Just chill out on deck or be all hands on deck, whichever appeals. We like to go with the flow on St Hilda.

Our final destination is, hopefully, the main island of the St. Kilda archipelago, Hirta. The largest of four islands in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was inhabited for 2000 years, until the last residents finally left in 1930, so there is a lot of history here. As well as magnificent scenery, boasting the highest sea cliffs in the UK, home to thousands of sea birds.

Our skipper may also opt to take us to Monach or Heisker islands, depending on the weather, en-route back to Tobermory. These stunning islands, just 8km off North Uist in the Outer Hebrides are famous for their stunningly beautiful wild flowers set into the machair sand dunes, as well as the glistening white beaches, home to many seals. But every island on this trip has its own treats in store. You just need to sit back and let the skipper lead the way. Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn't just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch.
If you wish to visit a specific place or have a specific experience, such as fly fishing, sea eagle tours, whisky tasting, then please do let your skipper know and he will endeavour to meet your request.

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Holiday type

This holiday is designed for families, small group and solo travellers

The accommodation is a traditional roomy 54 ft ketch with accommodation for six, consisting of 1 double cabin with en-suite and one shared cabin (4 berths) with shared bathroom. It is especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 7 years old to the most demanding teenager love the experience. Included in the price are all meals and your onboard skipper and chef who will provide an unforgettable holiday for everyone on board. This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. If possible they will tailor-make your holiday to suit your requirements including length and start date of trip.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: St Kilda, an Outer Hebrides Cruise, Scotland


Sailing can be a sustainable mode of travel and our holidays operate on a “leave only a wake” policy. You are free to bring on board cycles on this trip to help ensure no negative environmental impact as you explore onshore too. Our cruising area is among the most unique and unspoiled in Europe and we have a responsibility to ensure it remains so. We are committed to excellence in offering holidays to people who have an appreciation of the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves. We value the marine and shore-based environment in which we operate and leave everything as we find it, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore.

Your skipper is an experienced sailor who knows the marine environment and local ecology. He will happily educate on all aspects of sea and shore to be found on this trip. When operating the vessel, great care is taken to have negligible impact on the local wildlife including the breeding seal and bird colonies in this cruising area.

Our hope is that people who experience the sheer beauty of the landscape and wildlife on our cruises will return home invigorated and with a greater understanding of the unique environment of the South West Coast of Scotland. All waste generated on board is brought ashore for recycling and we use locally produced ingredients for out meals wherever possible; including eating your own catch of crab, lobster or mackerel!


We only employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers all employ local staff.

We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local Botanical Gardens, craft shops, restaurants and participate in cultural events.

Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Cowal peninsular and many of the more remote islands in Western Scotland. Thus we use all local products and local services with the intention of helping to support local businesses, create employment and contribute to the overall sustainable development of not only our starting point of our voyage the Sandbank/Dunoon region but also in the islands and communities of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

We aim to create a good relationship with tourism and the local communities and at all times are aware and try to bring awareness to the fragile marine ecosystems through which we sail.

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