Idyllic beach at the Monach Isles
Monach Isles, Outer Hebrides, Scotland © Irene Boston

Outer Isles Explorer Cruise

From £2385 per adult

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August — September

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A cruise designed to discover some of the more remote Hebridean islands without the sometimes arduous trek out to St Kilda. This cruise will focus on the fabulous Monach Islands and the small remote islands off the south of the Western Isles.

Dates: 25th August to 3rd September 2023


Guests join the MV Hjalmar Bjørge around 1530 on Friday 25th August in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.

A real island-hopping Scottish cruise adventure around the Hebrides. The itinerary may include, for example, some of the following destinations: Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), Skye, Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. In the Outer Hebrides possibilities include Eriskay, Barra Head, Mingulay, Vatersay, North and South Uists and Benbecula etc. We will aim to spend a few days at 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. Expect sea and golden eagles, cetaceans (such as dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks) and seabirds such as gannets, guillemots, terns, skuas and razorbills. 

We will return to Oban on Sunday 3rd September having a hearty breakfast before disembarking.

Please note this cruise is not visiting St Kilda.

Highlights: Dispersing seabirds and their young from their breeding colonies, including Auks, Terns, Gulls, Skuas, Petrels & Gannets – responsible viewing of Golden & Sea Eagles on their territories, with sightings of fledged young ending their season – Rum’s massive Manx Shearwater colony will still be feeding young and allows incredible views as they raft offshore or shear the waves in feeding parties – striking dragonflies & butterflies, or the rare Great Yellow Bumblebee found only on a few Scottish islands. We will also expect good sightings of dolphins, particularly common dolphin, perhaps Bottlenose and Risso. This time of year is also particularly good for Basking sharks and Minke whales.

Contact details

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

COVID-19 facilities

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

Tour prices


  • £2385 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


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 group.

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