St Kilda boat trips
|[St Kilda's sea stacks are a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of seabirds - this is Stac an Armin]|
Stranded in the North Atlantic Ocean 40 miles west of the main spine of the Western Isles, St Kilda's half-dozen islands and sea stacks form Scotland's most isolated outpost: the remains of an ancient supervolcano eroded by waves and storms over millennia. A trip to this remotest of archipelagos is a cultural, historical and natural spectacle to rival any, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors. Just look at some of the records this place holds: Britain's most remote islands, the UK's highest sea cliffs, its only dual World Heritage Site (natural and cultural), the world's biggest colony of northern gannets, the largest colony of Leach's Petrels in the Atlantic, some of the world's most primitive sheep, unique bird and animals species... the list continues. A fragile community called the largest island, Hirta, home for centuries until evacuation at their own request in 1930 - see the separate page linked above for more info. Hirta is the only island safe enough for scheduled sailings to land on, but you also get a tour of the immensely impressive sea stacks to the north (together with their colossal seabird colonies) thrown in as part of the trip. We were looked after by the excellent Sea Harris outfit; several other operators are available (see below), all allowing at least a few hours on the main island as part of a long day trip in return for a large wadge of cash. Don't bet on good weather - sailings do get cancelled at short notice. And remember this is the Atlantic Ocean you're crossing, so be prepared for a rough ride and, well, we hope you have a strong stomach.
|[Main Street, Hirta, St Kilda]|
📌 St Kilda boat trips ★★★★★
Location (Boreray sea stack): G.R.: NA 154052 ///about.poetry.ooze
Open (2018): Trips depart Monday to Saturday between late spring and early autumn, depending on weather and provider, and should be booked well in advance to get a space.
Cost: £175+ (adults) depending on provider
Anything else? Trips depart from various locations on Lewis, Harris, the Uists and Skye - operators include Go to St Kilda (from Skye), Kilda Cruises (Harris), Sea Harris (Harris) & Uist Sea Tours (Uists).
|[Sea Harris departs from Leverburgh, South Harris up to six times weekly]|
|[Gannets on the stacks]|