St Kilda - A Voyage to the Edge of the World

4 Days

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  • Remnants of the remote community that inhabited St Kilda
  • Hirta, a bird lover’s paradise with colonies of puffins, fulmars and gannets  
  • The astonishing antiquity of the Standing Stones of Callanish

The archipelago of St Kilda represents Scotland’s western extreme, and the most remote part of the British Isles. Its profound isolation and almost unearthly landscapes have to be seen to be believed.

On your approach to St Kilda, its tremendously craggy profile gives it an air of mystery more befitting of the setting for a fantasy or adventure novel than a guided tour. We’re hardly going to let that stop us though...

St Kilda is perhaps best known for the complete evacuation of its remaining inhabitants in 1930, after a long and devastating struggle for survival. Today, the uninhabited archipelago is a spectacular national nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An important breeding ground for many different species of seabird, and a hotbed of archaeological interest, we take a full day to explore main island Hirta’s many disparate points of interest.

From our base in Stornoway, we also expand our journey into Lewis and Harris, the largest island in Scotland and a fascinating contrast to St Kilda. See the remarkably well-preserved broch of Dun Carloway and the cruciform Standing Stones of Callanish, St Clement’s Church and squat stone blackhouses, before embarking on a final scenic coach tour of Harris.

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Day 1

We depart from our designated pick-up points and head north, stopping en-route for refreshments. We continue to Ullapool in time to catch the early evening Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Stornoway. On arrival in Lewis we transfer the short distance to our comfortable accommodation where dinner will be served on arrival. 

Day 2

We visit St Kilda today. We transfer to Loch Roag on the west coast of Lewis, where we join our 42-foot motor cruiser, the MV Lochlann, and sail for the archipelago. On arrival on the main island of Hirta, you have plenty of time explore the island at leisure. If your interest lies in the birdlife of the islands, you can view the thousands of birds that nest here — colonies of gannet and fulmar along with other species such as puffin, Manx shearwater, storm petrel and Leach's petrel.

In the afternoon we return by boat to Lewis, arriving early evening.

Day 3

After breakfast, we depart on a tour of Harris and Lewis. We travel first to the west coast of Lewis for a visit to the 5,000 year old Standing Stones of Callanish. This collection of almost 50 stones forms a well-marked megalithic avenue. We continue to the well-preserved and imposing Carloway Broch, a circular, dry-stone fortified tower, dating back some 2,000 years. Returning to Harris later in the afternoon, we pay a visit to St. Clement’s Church at Rodel, one of the finest in the west of Scotland.  

Dinner will be served at your hotel in the evening.

Day 4

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and travel south to Harris, which in contrast to the rolling moorland of Lewis is more mountainous — this is apparent within minutes of crossing the ‘border’ where a magnificent mountain vista rises to the right as the road climbs over the hill. We catch the morning ferry from Tarbert to Uig, and from there we travel through Skye, crossing back to the mainland by the bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh. We return to our original pick up points where we will arrive during the evening.

What's Included

  • 3 nights at the Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway – dinner, bed & breakfast
  • All coaching and ferry transfers
  • Visits to Callanish, the Broch of Carloway, Blackhouse village and St. Clement’s church
  • Services of a professional driver/guide

Supplements per person

  • Single room supplement: £90.00
  • Insurance: £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65–74); £63.00 (75–90)

Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth before or after the tour available on request

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Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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Departure points and times

Depart Return
(Millennium Hotel)
0815 1930
(Edinburgh Marriott Hotel)
0930 2045
(Outside Fife College)
1000 2115
(Moto Services, M90)
1015 2130
(Canal Street)
1030 2145
1400 does not return to Inverness
Subject to minimum numbers, the following pick-up will be served by feeder coach and passengers will join/leave in Perth:
(Railway Station)
0920 2255
(Railway Station)
0940 2235
(Discovery Point)
1000 2215

Please note that all timings are approximate and subject to change. Final timings and pick-up points will be confirmed with your joining instructions approximately 10 days prior to departure.