Summary : Experience the remote beauty of Scotland's Inner and Outer Hebrides during seabird nesting season. Visit St. Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 60,000 pairs of gannets nest amongst the dramatic island. Cruise by Zodiac and observe abundant wildlife and colorful flowers. Wander through remnants of an ancient Scottish village while experienced guides retell its history. Enjoy spacious observation decks and beautiful vistas while searching for wildlife aboard a comfortable and modern expedition vessel.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive in Glasgow independently and check into your comfortable, centrally located hotel.
Travel with fellow passengers to Oban and board your expedition vessel. In the spirit of expedition travel, itineraries depend on weather conditions and wildlife sightings. The goal is to make Zodiac landings each day. The following are some of the places you will visit during your time here:
Iona, Staffa & Lunga Islands
Discover Iona, an island of deep spiritual significance for more than 1,000 years. 62 Scottish Kings are buried here, including Duncan I, who was murdered by Macbeth. The inspiration for Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides Overture”, Fingal’s cave is a spectacular highlight on Staffa Island. Walk amongst puffins on Lunga Island and observe the remnants of ancient communities dating back to the Viking period.
Sail through the Sound of Harris heading towards St Kilda, a remarkable uninhabited archipelago and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drop anchor in Hirta Island‘s Village Bay and wander through the remnants of an ancient village. St Kilda once supported a population of 200, but the last islanders were evacuated in the 1930s. Cruise past impressive Boreray Island’s amazing Stac an Amin and Stac Lee, where tens of thousands of gannets nest.
Visit the Callanish Stones, a spectacular Scottish megalithic monument. Set in a cross-shaped design, these free-standing stones were erected around 3000 BCE.
Canna & Rum
Walk along the Canna cliff tops and enjoy stunning views while looking for Golden Eagles, White-tailed Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. The adjoining island of Rum is a nature reserve and an oasis for birdwatchers. More than 150 bird species have been observed on this small island. Visit Kinloch Castle, an eclectic 19th century turreted castle built by the Bullough family, and walk the wildflower laden nature trail.
The southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, Islay is often referred to as the “Queen of the Hebrides”. Renowned worldwide for its smooth single malts with rich and peaty character, visit a local distillery and discover how these precious drops are produced.
Return to Oban and disembark your expedition vessel. Transfer to Glasgow’s airport or central station.
Please read this itinerary as a guide only; your exact route and program will vary depending on ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition.
Seven nights on board the ship; one night in central Glasgow hotel; transfer Glasgow to Oban; all meals; an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides; lectures on board and ashore; all shore excursions and activities by Zodiac; an illustrated logbook.
Flight to and from Glasgow; travel and cancellation insurance; passport and visa expenses; customary gratuity to the ship’s crew; excess baggage charges; personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.