Adventure sailing guide - St Kilda

Village Bay St Kilda

Village Bay St Kilda

Often considered as the ‘holy grail’ of Scottish cruising, a visit by sail boat to the double world heritage site of St Kilda (or Hitra) is quite an experience. In May this year we were lucky enough to get out to the islands, taking a group of sea kayakers along for the trip. Watch our video guide to sailing to St Kilda for an on the water peek at the treats and the practicalities in store for you.

Explore the remains of the abandoned settlements. A UNESC World Heritage site

Sailing expedition - St Kilda

Sailing expedition - St Kilda

One of the 1260 “cleits’, stone storage huts fuond only on St Kilda.

Historical sites from the anchorage in St Kilda

Historical sites from the anchorage in St Kilda

Sailing adventure to St Kilda

Sailing adventure to St Kilda

Soay sheep, a breed dating back to neolithic times graze freely around the island

St Kilda is a spectacular place for bird watching, keep your eyes peeled for gannets, fulmar, great skua, puffins, the St Kilda wren found only on the islands and the pair of arctic skua making St Kilda their home.

The St Kilda wren, with a pretty stunning back drop

The St Kilda wren, with a pretty stunning back drop

Puffins galore!

Puffins galore!

Sea Kayaking St Kilda

St Kilda is just as much a ‘holy grail’ for sea kayaking as it is for sailing. With amazing cliffs, sea stacks and caves combined it is easy to see why. The remote location that only the right weather window will allow you to visit adds to it’s mystique.

Sea kayaking St Kilda

Sea kayaking St Kilda

Amazing cliffs and caves round every corner

Amazing cliffs and caves round every corner

 

Our sailing adventure to St Kilda

You can read more about our sailing and sea kayaking expedition to St Kilda in excellent articles written by Sinclair Molloy in Paddler magazine and Scottish Paddler. Or you can watch my rather hastily made film of the expedition:

Here is the first of our expedition update films from Narwhal. It is all about the emotions of leaving the dock, sailing to the Outer Hebrides, kayaking around St Kilda and a storm on Orkney.