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20th May 2021 to 27th May 2021

St Kilda Expedition

£1499 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Explore the uninhabited magical island of St Kilda, where few have been before. Experience the culture and history of this secluded island.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes
Sail to a magical and mystical island, hidden behind the mist, 60 miles from anywhere. An adventure to St Kilda is truly unforgettable.

7 Nights: 20 - 27 May 2021

£1,499 per person

St Kilda, the reputed ‘Island on the edge of the world’, lies 100 miles from the mainland and 60 miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. Shrouded in mist and mystery this double UNSECO world heritage site was inhabited from the stone age until the 1930s. Now you can walk through time amongst the remains of centuries of civilisation. St Kilda is inhabited by an abundance of sea birds, the towering sea cliffs are speckled with puffins, gannets and guillemots. This is a truly magical trip, and it'll take you back in time to a much simpler way of life, where you'll experience full appreciation for the nature and wildlife around you.

20th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Castle Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. Castle Bay is a small town presided over by the ruined castle on the island that it takes its name from. Barra can be reached directly by ferry from Oban, an adventure in itself passing through some stunning scenery and with the chance to see your first whales and dolphins. Alternatively, you can take the only scheduled flight to land on a beach to arrive in Barra in style. We will meet you on board with a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the local beaches and get your first taste of life on board. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht, living afloat. We will cook a hot dinner onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates.

21st May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. We will take some time to get used to the boat and get our first glimpses of the local wildlife before we make our attempt on St Kilda.

24th – 25th May: Expedition

We will have a close eye on the weather conditions, looking for the best window to allow us to achieve our goal of sailing to St Kilda. The crossing to St Kilda is approximately 60 miles, so will take a full day of sailing to complete. We may take a break on the journey at the wild and windswept Monach Islands, lulled to sleep by the sounds of seals. Then we will be aiming towards the anchorage of Village Bay on St Kilda, the excitement building as the remote islands group begins to appear out of the ocean and the we are surrounded by more and more gannets and puffins. Once safely anchored in Village Bay there will be time to explore the unique history, wildlife and landscape of the double UNESCO world heritage site of St Kilda. Conditions permitting there may be the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the islands and get up close to the wildlife using our kayaks or paddleboards. Out here the elements rule and when we make our crossing back to the Outer Hebrides, this will be determined by the weather, possibly allowing us some time to explore the wonderful beaches and anchorages of the Outer Hebrides allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, maybe even trying your hand at paddleboarding or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. Throughout you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

26th May: Arrival in Barra

We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Castle Bay in Barra. We will moor up for the night in Barra and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

27th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Outer Hebrides. From Barra, you can catch the ferry back to Oban or take the only scheduled flight to take off from a beach back to the mainland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. Where and when we are able to paddleboard will be dependent on the conditions. We will be looking for some safe sheltered areas to explore.

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of onboard equipment, including SUP
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit, and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.
  • Use of scientific and ocean survey equipment.
  • Expedition permits and rifle where required.
  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore

Open to beginner sailors.

Barra, Scotland. Direct flights and ferries are available to reach Oban on the mainland.

Barra, Scotland. Direct flights and ferries are available to reach Oban on the mainland.

20th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Castle Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. Castle Bay is a small town presided over by the ruined castle on the island that it takes its name from. Barra can be reached directly by ferry from Oban, an adventure in itself passing through some stunning scenery and with the chance to see your first whales and dolphins. Alternatively, you can take the only scheduled flight to land on a beach to arrive in Barra in style. We will meet you on board with a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the local beaches and get your first taste of life on board. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht, living afloat. We will cook a hot dinner onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates.

21st May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. We will take some time to get used to the boat and get our first glimpses of the local wildlife before we make our attempt on St Kilda.

24th – 25th May: Expedition

We will have a close eye on the weather conditions, looking for the best window to allow us to achieve our goal of sailing to St Kilda. The crossing to St Kilda is approximately 60 miles, so will take a full day of sailing to complete. We may take a break on the journey at the wild and windswept Monach Islands, lulled to sleep by the sounds of seals. Then we will be aiming towards the anchorage of Village Bay on St Kilda, the excitement building as the remote islands group begins to appear out of the ocean and the we are surrounded by more and more gannets and puffins. Once safely anchored in Village Bay there will be time to explore the unique history, wildlife and landscape of the double UNESCO world heritage site of St Kilda. Conditions permitting there may be the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the islands and get up close to the wildlife using our kayaks or paddleboards. Out here the elements rule and when we make our crossing back to the Outer Hebrides, this will be determined by the weather, possibly allowing us some time to explore the wonderful beaches and anchorages of the Outer Hebrides allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, maybe even trying your hand at paddleboarding or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. Throughout you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world.

26th May: Arrival in Barra

We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Castle Bay in Barra. We will moor up for the night in Barra and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

27th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Outer Hebrides. From Barra, you can catch the ferry back to Oban or take the only scheduled flight to take off from a beach back to the mainland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. Where and when we are able to paddleboard will be dependent on the conditions. We will be looking for some safe sheltered areas to explore.

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 – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

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 – 24hr daylight can be relentless

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