Visit magical St. Kilda and much more on this seven or eight day sailing adventure
Hebrides and St Kilda
"All the pictures on this page were shot by leisure sailors; just like you……., on our trips to St.Kilda. No professional cameramen, no helicopters, just mobile phones and cameras operated by enthusiastic yachtsmen. These are the sights that will meet you on your sailing trip of a lifetime aboard of our yacht. You know you want to…..you really should………..book now and join us on this amazing journey."
Included in the price:
- 7 or 8 nights accomodation on 4 or 5 cabin yacht
- all onboard meals and snacks
- fuel and gas
- skipper services
- all marina and harbour fees
Optional - not included in the price:
- optional oil skins hire
- optional final cleaning service at £10 per person
- optional eating in restaurant ashore
- visitors fees to whisky distilery or museum
- transit fee for Crinan Canal, this is optional and needs to be agreed by all crew, typical cost is £20 per person.
This trip is truly not for the faint hearted. Some sailors attempt for years to reach St. Kilda before finally getting an appropriate weather window to make the crossing. Our Chief Instructor has sailed to St. Kilda many times, with various levels of crew, in a variety of ‘Scottish’ weather!
The trip will start from either Largs or Oban and is likely to return to the respective harbour. All of the yachts that we use for our adventures are 42ft or larger and all boast 4 or 5 cabins – the yacht will become your home for adventure. They are all great boats, perfect for offshore sailing, which makes even a choppy passage bearable. Our adventure sails are perfect for practising sailing skills and getting the necessary miles or night sail hours for your logbook, which can be especially welcome for those who are aspiring for the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster licence or even consolidating Competent Crew or Day Skipper licences.
The archipelago of islands that make up St. Kilda are simply breathtaking. Lying 70NM from the Outer Hebrides, it is simply a magical place. St. Kilda is the biggest island in the cluster with Boreray and Soy to the north and Levenish to the south. It sits proudly out of the Atlantic Ocean and its striking cliffs and sea stacks are alive with the cries of a million seabirds. However, it is not only famous for its sea birds, but also for the fact that people have survived here for over 4000 years. Although now uninhabited, the main village was in Village Bay, and even nowadays you can still visit the houses and cemetery and get a feel for how hard life on the island was.
Although St. Kilda is the highlight of the trip, you will pass through the beautiful Crinan Canal, stunning by itself, but also good fun - after opening and closing all 14 locks, a well-deserved drink is needed once reaching the Crinan basin! Then, depending on the tide and wind, you will pass through the Sound of Mull, and maybe visit one of the Small Isles. The last stop usually is South Uist or Barra before the final stretch to St. Kilda. On the way back we will visit North Uist or Skye and Rum or Canna. Last stop before comming to Oban is usually Tobermory.
Sailing in Scotland can be the most challenging and rewarding in the world, with so many magical places to visit and locals to meet - and this is before we mention the Scottish fair and whisky distilleries.
Back by popular demand 2020 dates for St Kilda;
1st May 2020 - Largs to Oban - 8 days - 2 boat mini flotilla - FULL
10th May 2020 - Oban to Oban - 7 days - 4 spaces remaining
5th June 2020 - Largs to Oban - 8 days - 3 spaces remaining
27th June 2020 - Largs to Oban - 7 days - FULL on Global Surveyor
19th July 2020 - Largs to Oban - 7 days - Full
7th August 2020 - Largs to Oban - 8 days - FULL
15th August 2020 - Oban to Oban - 4 spaces
5th September - Largs to Oban - 7 days - 2 boat mini flotilla - 3 spaces remaining
16th September Oban to Largs - 9 days on Global Surveyor - including Northern Ireland !!!