Voyage to Rockall 2022

£1,745 per person*

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6 nights

Our Voyage to Rockall 2020 sold out in record time, so we’re planning another visit 2 years later!

This trip is part of a new partnership between Kraken Travel and adventure-travel specialists Lupine Travel. For this collaboration, sail from Oban with the aim to land you on Rockall – a small uninhabited rock in the North Atlantic Ocean situated 163 nautical miles west of Scotland. It is one of the more challenging places in the world to get ashore and is designated as a destination in its own right by the travel club Most Travelled People. Based on current counts, twice as many people have visited space (536) than have landed on Rockall (<200). En route to Rockall (or on the way home) we’ll also drop into St. Kilda.

So in one week, you can explore the Outer Hebrides, St. Kilda and the infamous Rockall!

Trip Start: TBC May 2022

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

1903 Tall Ship

Vessel Length

39.5m

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

£500 and 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
  • The crew: captain, cook, first mate and deckhands

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.

Practical Info

Landing on Rockall is extremely challenging and will require you to be in good physical condition. Therefore we have enlisted the guidance of Nick Hancock for this trip. Nick currently holds the record for the longest time spent on Rockall, 43 consecutive days, during his 2014 fundraising challenge for Help for Heroes. Nick also holds the joint record for most number of landings on Rockall, and this trip will give him the record. Nick is also a qualified Mountain Leader, something that will be useful in our attempt to scramble up the rock. There will also be a member of the press travelling on the trip, the current candidate has summited Everest so will also be in a position to assist.

On top of this, there will be a member of staff from each of Lupine and Kraken to provide various other assistance. After all of the above staff, the trip will have a maximum of 18 places available to book onto. Thus, there will be a total occupancy of 27 people about the ship.

Disclaimer: This is not a trip where a landing can be guaranteed, weather and sea conditions play a big aspect in whether it will be possible to land or not. Many expeditions out to Rockall have failed or ended with people settling for swimming up to the rock in rough seas and making do by placing a hand on it. There is also the possibility that half of the group may be able to land, and some may not if there is a sudden change in conditions. In any of these situations, a refund will not be possible. In other words, this trip is an attempt to land, and not a guaranteed landing. If this doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, then we advise you not to join the trip. If, on the other hand, this all seems like a great adventure, even if we don’t make it, we’d love to have you aboard.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Arrive Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Depart from Oban, Scotland

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.

ITINERARY

We will sail west from Oban, Scotland, on the Tall Ship, and depending on the forecast, visit St. Kilda either before or after Rockall. Once off Rockall, we will in groups descend the ship onto the RIB and make our way over to the rock. Our experienced guide, Nick, as well as another climber, will land first and affix a wire mountaineering ladder to the rock to aid those landing in the process of scrambling up the slippery, rocky slopes.

Once everyone who wanted to step foot on Rockall has done so – or if weather has stopped us from doing so – we’ll sail back through the stunning Hebredies to Oban.

KIT LIST

Full kit list TBC

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

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