The Wildlife of St Kilda
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
As the remotest part of the British Isles, the double UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Kilda forms the most important seabird breeding site in northwest Europe. With cliffs, sea stacs and grassy slopes, the islands are ideally suited to nesting birds like gannet, puffin, kittiwake, fulmar, razorbill and guillemot.
Boarding a local boat at the Treshnish Isle of Lunga, we admire the colourful puffin population or explore the ancient Benedictine abbey on the holy isle of Iona.
Arriving at South Uist, we go in search of birds of prey and learn of the work undertaken at the Balranald RSPB reserve, home to corncrake. Alternatively, a tour of the Uists takes us to the prehistoric stone circle of Pobull Fhinn and the Neolithic cairn of Barpa Langass.
A cruise of the Sound of Harris leads us to the 640 feet tall Stac an Armin and onwards to Hirta, the largest island of the St. Kilda archipelago. Here we explore one of the remotest parts of the British Isles ahead of steaming past the Flannan Isles.
Cruising the dramatic sea cliffs of Handa Island, we land ashore and venture to the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve renowned for guillemots, razorbills and great skua.
Before making a beach landing on the Shiant Isles, we search for eagles on the island of Harris. Alternatively, you may prefer to embark on an island tour.
Returning over The Minch, we head for Skye to observe birdlife and grey seals, before visiting the Mull Eagle Watch or exploring the colourful Georgian capital of Tobermory.