Expedition to St. Kilda

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Standard cabin: £1,245pp
Standard+ cabin: £1,335pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add £550

8 Nights

 

The history of the people, its inaccessibility and amazing wildlife make the islands an exceptionally desirable destination for anyone. St. Kilda is a world heritage island in the Atlantic, 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. This isolated archipelago was once home to Britain’s most isolated community.interested in natural history. The silence the indescribable views, the rugged coasts with hidden coves and the unique sight of the islands in the distance, is something that somebody has to see in his life. The Flying Dutchman will take you to these special islands, which can only be reached by ship.

Trip Start: 25 Jul 2020

Trip End: 02 Aug 2020

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

“T/S Flying Dutchman” Tall Ship, built in 1903
Read more about this ship here

Vessel Length

39.5 meters

Skipper

Yes

Berth

twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

25% deposit. STRICT.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Full board, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
  • The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour.
  • The crew: captain, cook and first mate.

Additional

  • Transport to and from the vessel
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Oban, Scotland

The history of the people, its inaccessibility and amazing wildlife make the islands an exceptionally desirable destination for anyone. St. Kilda is a world heritage island in the Atlantic, 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. This isolated archipelago was once home to Britain’s most isolated community.interested in natural history. The silence the indescribable views, the rugged coasts with hidden coves and the unique sight of the islands in the distance, is something that somebody has to see in his life. The Flying Dutchman will take you to these special islands, which can only be reached by ship.

ITINERARY

Possible itinerary
The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, currents and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip. The Focus point of this voyage will be reach St. Kilda.

Day 1: Oban
Our Sailing trip to St. Kilda and Hebrides starts in Oban, a cozy fishing place with lots of things to do. You are welcomed on board at 18.00 and have the opportunity to meet the crew and the other guests. If everyone is settled we’ll have a welcome dinner and raise a glass to a wonderful trip.

Day 2: The Isle of Canna

Very early we start for our sailing trip to Canna. Known as ‘the garden of the Hebrides’, Canna has fertile soils, green meadows and abundant wildlife. It has been recognised as a bird sanctuary since 1938, and supports over 20,000 breeding seabirds, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots. On our way we pass the impressive Duart Castle, which is a beautiful sight from the water.

Day 3 : Lewis and Harris
Our Sailing to St. Kilda & Hebrides continues with a visit to the outer Hebrides Harris and Lewis. We go to the southern part with deep bays and high mountains. Here you can see the landscape, where the inspiration for the beautiful Harris Tweed comes from. The west coast of the island of Harrihas stunning beaches, all flanked by dunes and Machair (a unique plant). The islands are so remote that only a few tourists bother to come here.

Day 4 & 5 St.Kilda
At first light we start our sailing tour to St. Kilda. This volcanic archipelago, with its spectacular landscapes, is situated off the coast of the Hebrides and comprises the islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray. It has some of the highest cliffs in Europe, which have large colonies of rare and endangered species of birds, especially puffins and gannets. The archipelago, uninhabited since 1930, bears the evidence of more than 2,000 years of human occupation in the extreme conditions prevalent in the Hebrides. Human vestiges include built structures and field systems, the cleits and the traditional Highland stone houses. They feature the vulnerable remains of a subsistence economy based on the products of birds, agriculture and sheep farming. On landing, guests will be able to 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!

We will make a tour to the archipelago, heading for Stac Lee and Boreray to visit the largest gannet 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.

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. Keen eyes may spot basking sharks and Minke whales who come to feed in the plankton-rich waters of the Western Isles. Not forgetting the eagles and deer, roaming the sky and land.

Day 6: Barra
Today on our Sailing trip we go to Barra, where we moor in Castlebay. Here we visit Kisimul Castle, what is located in the bay. The stronghold of the MacNeils is the only surviving medieval castle of Barra.

Day 7 : Tobermory
Our daily destination is the main town of Mull, the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory with its sociable center and its beautiful pubs and restaurants. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing fleet. If time permits, there is an opportunity to visit the local distillery.

Day 8: Scottish west coast and Oban
After a nice breakfast, we sail back to Oban. During the trip, we see the rugged coast of Mull with his pristine beauty, the mountains in the distance. In the evening, when we arrive in Oban, were we will have a nice dinner together and maybe you feel like going to a pub and enjoy some traditional live music.

Day 9 : Oban
Unfortunately, the beautiful Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides has come to an end. After a good breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and its crew.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear –

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

It is the responsibility of each member of the voyage crew to ensure that they have sufficient cover for their needs.

You must be covered for tall ship sailing outside of coastal waters.

You will not be able to sail if you do not have adequate insurance.

We can recommend an appropriate insurer. Please enquire when booking.

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