A real Scottish adventure cruise, 9-nights exploring many of the wonderful and remote Outer Hebridean islands that are best visited on a small cruise boat like ours. Our main destination is St Kilda, the UK’s only dual UNECSO World Heritage site.
This is a real bucket list destination. Walk in the footsteps of the old villagers who left long ago now as you check out the stone houses and other buildings where they stored supplies, livestock and even the feathers they used to collect from the seabirds nesting on the cliffs.
Guests join MV Hjalmar Bjørge around 1530 on Monday 1st May in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.
The itinerary is dependent on the weather – balancing shelter with reaching our main destination of St Kilda along with several other amazing Scottish island locations along the way which may include some or all of the following plus others that may be added as a bonus! ;-
The Shiant Isles, this lovely little archipelago of 3 islands is home to the 2nd largest UK puffin colony after St Kilda and the largest razorbill colony, as well as guillemots (watch out for the bridled form with their eye stripe!), shags, kittiwakes and great skuas. Check out the bothy!
The Uists, step ashore on glorious beaches and watch out for otters playing along the rocky shorelines.
Small Isles, four islands each with a different character. There is a puffin colony on Canna and the Sgurr of Eigg is a famous local landmark.
On the final day we will return to Oban having breakfast there before your departure on Wednesday 10th May.
Sightings and findings from previous similar cruises: Arctic skua – basking shark – black guillemot – bottlenose dolphins – buzzard – common dolphins – cormorant – fulmars – gannets – golden eagle – great northern diver – great skuas – guillemots – humpback whale – kittiwakes – Leach’s petrels – long-tailed skua – Manx shearwaters – minke whales – otters – oystercatchers – peregrine – pomarine skua – porpoise – puffins – razorbills – red-throated divers – Risso’s dolphins – sea eagle – seals – Soay sheep – St Kilda mouse – St Kilda wren – storm petrels – stunning sunsets – sunfish – terns – whale vertebrae found on beach – white-beaked dolphins.
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.
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