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Ellen, Hazel and Ellenor at the Monachs
The Monach Isles, Scotland © Irene Boston

Abandoned Islands of the West Cruise (including St Kilda)

From £2385 per adult

Departure days

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May — May

An adventurous itinerary of visits to previously inhabited Hebridean islands very much subject to weather and sea conditions. Wildlife should be rewarding plus the historical and cultural sites of interest on remote islands rarely visited by others.

Dates: 12th to 21st May 2023

Guests join the MV Hjalmar Bjørge around 1530 on Friday 12th May in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.

The itinerary is dependent on weather – balancing shelter with reaching our preferred destinations – but may include, for example, some of the following destinations en-route to our main destinations: Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), Skye. We will head through the Sound of Harris, before turning north to visit Taransay and Scarp. Whilst Taransay has had recent fame for the Castaway TV series, it is now once again deserted and a lovely island to explore.

Scarp, whist having some regular summer residents is a gem and the previous inhabitants still cast a real feel over this magical little island. Weather permitting we will head to St Kilda to explore this wonderful location. We hope to include a visit ashore at Hirta (with packed lunch) to explore the island with its amazing views, history in Village Bay and wonderful birdlife, plus a comprehensive tour of the amazing Stacs to view the bird colonies up close. Departing St Kilda we’ll cruise south to the lovely low lying Monachs and explore these wonderful islands with their seabird and seal colonies, acres of flat sandy beaches and interesting archaeological remains. From the Monachs we’ll venture south to the southern Hebridean isles of Pabbay, Sandray and Mingulay.

Expect white-tailed (sea) and golden eagles, cetaceans (such as dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks), seabirds such as gannets, puffins, guillemots, terns, skuas and razorbills.

All the islands have a rich history of settlement with diverse archaeology, from Iron age through to Viking and then early 20th Century. The remaining house ruins at St Kilda, Mingulay and Scarp still retain a real feel of their previous inhabitant’s lives and culture.

On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Sunday 21st May.

Contact details

Northern Light Cruising Company
14 Francis Street
IV40 8DT
Small Group (1-16)
Adventure History Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Walking Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Outside seating

Tour prices


  • £2385 Per Adult


Tour company information

Northern Light Cruising Company

The Northern Light Cruising Company is based in Oban and offers scenic and wildlife-watching adventures cruises around Scotland's Highlands and Islands, primarily the Inner and Outer Hebrides including the favourites of St Kilda, Mull and the Isle Skye. Enjoy a small-boat (11 guests max), slow-travel experience as you island-hop some of Scotland's most beautiful, historic and remote locations. Meanwhile enjoy the whales, dolphins, seals, otters, eagles and seabirds like puffins and gannets, and explore quiet locations on shore excursions each day. Private charter is available - please ask.

Opening times

Our Scottish cruising season is from April to October.
Booking office open year-round for enquiries.
We are part of the Hebridean Adventures family.

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