St Kilda - A Voyage to the Edge of the World 2018

4 Days

From £995pp

The St Kilda archipelago forms the most remote part of the British Isles — its profound isolation and unearthly landscapes have to be seen to be believed.

On approach, St Kilda’s craggy profile lends it an air of mystery more befitting to the setting of a fantasy novel than a guided tour. We’re hardly going to let that stop us though. The archipelago is best-known for the evacuation of its remaining inhabitants in 1930 after a long and devastating struggle for survival, and today is a spectacular national nature reserve as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind, off-the-beaten-track adventure.

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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 and afterwards we sit down to watch the 'St Kilda Story' DVD.

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.

*Please note that facilities on the island are limited with little shelter and rough terrain. You must also be capable of getting from the motor boat into the small dinghy which takes you ashore.

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

  • Three nights’ dinner (with wine), bed and breakfast: three nights stay at the Cabarfeidh Hotel
  • One lunch
  • Comfortable coaching and ferry transfers throughout
  • Visits to Standing Stones of Callanish, the island of Hirta and St Clement’s Church
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Gratuities (driver/guide)
  • Bottle of mineral water each day

Supplements per person

Single room: £90.00

Travel and overnight accommodation before or after the tour available on request

2018 Insurance Prices

As part of our booking conditions, our travellers must have adequate insurance protection for any holidays overseas but we strongly recommend that you are covered for any of our tours. Our travellers are welcome to take out their own insurance policy, providing that we have the details of this before departure. Alternatively, we can provide our own recommended single-trip travel insurance for all holidays, please see the most upto date prices below: 

UK Tours:
Under 65, from £18.00 | 65-74, from £35.00 | 75 and over, from £52.00

EU Tours:
Under 65, from £32.00 | 65-74, from £64.00 | 75 and over, from £96.00

Worldwide Tours:
Prices on application

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Departures

09/05/2018 from £995pp

06/06/2018 from £995pp

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Depart Return
Glasgow
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8:15 19:30
Edinburgh
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9:30 20:45
Dunfermline
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1000 2115
Kinross
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1015 2130
Inverness
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1400 (does not return to Inverness)
Subject to minimum numbers, the following pick-ups will be served by feeder coach and passengers will join/leave the main coach in Perth:
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Montrose
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0920 2255
Arbroath
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0945