Secrets of St Kilda
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
St Kilda is one of the most inspiring and atmospheric locations that can be visited without leaving the British Isles. Unlock the secrets of the most remote of the Hebridean islands, occupied by man for 5,000 years until 1930, and one of the important seabird colonies in the northern hemisphere.
Home to a seemingly infinite array of wild flowers and birds, we enjoy the delights of Colonsay House Gardens. On Iona, where St Columba began his mission in 563, linger in the restored abbey, or walk to the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.
Ahead of our cruise over the Sea of the Hebrides, we land on Tiree to visit the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum at Hynish. After an overnight sail to magical St Kilda, we arrive in the early morning to sail between the island of Boreray and Stac Lee. As the cleits and grazing Soay sheep come into view, we approach Village Bay on Hirta where we go ashore to wonder at what life must have been like in this remote wilderness.
A sail past the mysterious Flannan Isles brings us to Stornoway, where we uncover the ancient history of Lewis at the Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch and explore this northerly Gaelic heartland at Lews Castle Museum.
Spending a full day on Skye, we tour the bizarre rock formations of the Trotternish peninsula. Still haunted by its decadent Edwardian past, Kinloch Castle seems a world away from the beauty of the ancient Sunart Oakwoods, perfect for a tranquil stroll as we reflect on our adventures.