Truly the trip of a lifetime, a visit to the haunting and dramatic Archipelago of islands and stacs that make up St Kilda is never to be forgotten . After a sea journey through the Inner and Outer Hebrides there is always excitement and anticipation as St Kilda comes into view, often with the top of the highest sea cliffs in Britain shrouded in mist. Dolphins, Minke whales and basking sharks often accompany the vessel enroute to St Kilda and even into Village Bay itself. Our sturdy, specialised vessels and highly experienced Skippers allow a unique opportunity to cruise close to the stacs, for incredible views of thousands of sea birds nesting on the cliffs and wheeling overhead; St Kilda is home to over 200 bird species. Anchoring in sheltered Village Bay, guests go ashore on the main island of Hirta to explore the poignant history of the abandoned village and try to spot the rare St Kilda wren and St Kilda mouse. A climb up Connachair, the highest point on Hirta, provides breathtaking views over the open sea and surrounding stacs.   

The choice of Outer Hebrides island stopovers on this cruise is equally awe-inspiring and may include Mingulay, Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, the Uists, the Shiants, Harris and others, depending on wind, tide and the wishes of the guests on board.  The waters of the Outer Hebrides are the best for sightings of cetaceans and our vessels are ideal for navigating close to remote island cliffs where many rare species of birds nest. With the unique wild flower machair in bloom, and stunning shell-sand beaches to walk along, shore trips are magical. There is a good chance of seeing corncrake and many other rare birds on the coastline, as well as otters and the spectacle of hundreds of seals hauled out on the beaches.

St Kilda is very remote and we have an excellent record of reaching the Archipelago. The 10-day cruise allows the Skipper to choose the best weather window to achieve an anchorage in Village Bay. The safety of guests is always paramount and any part of the sea journey is at the Skippers discretion and the final decision rests with him.

This cruise books up early but can also be booked as a private cruise charter, providing suitable dates are available

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Cruise Dates 2024

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
22 July 2024100---Emma JaneFully Booked
6 August 2024100---Lucy MaryFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane & Lucy Mary Only).

Cruise Dates 2025

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
31 May 2025100---Elizabeth-GFully Booked
2 June 2025100---Lucy MaryFully Booked
26 June 2025100---Lucy MaryFully Booked
30 June 2025100---Elizabeth-GFully Booked
4 July 2025100---Emma JaneFully Booked
24 July 2025100---Emma JaneFully Booked
26 July 2025100---Lucy MaryFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane & Lucy Mary Only).

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Reviews

1 July 2024

This was my second trip with Hebrides Cruises. It was magical and I couldn’t have faulted any of it. Charlie was a great skipper making sure that we had the best possible experience. Will is very knowledgeable guide , who ensured we didn’t miss any crucial wildlife sightings. The upper deck on Emma Jane is great for bird and wildlife spotting. I spent many hours up there . Whilst we were enjoying ourselves , Chef Charlie and Yasmine were busy preparing delicious meals for us. Being able to get to and land on St Kilda was a very special and evocative experience, made even better as there were no day boats , so we had the island to ourselves along with those on Elizabeth G.

Mary Lea

1 July 2024

We had an excellent trip. The boat and food were lovely and the crew excellent. We weren't sure if we would get to St Kilda because of the weather, but the skipper knew exactly what to do to maximise our chances, and we did get there.

Andrew Roberts

1 July 2024

Emma extremely helpful.  The leadership and knowledge of our skipper, Charlie made the most of weather windows to ensure our St Kilda landing and managed our expectations so well. We learned so much and had so many opportunities, facilitated by Will and Charlie, together.  Meals were very well prepared and had strong Scottish character. Afternoon teas are impossible to resist.  It is clear that the company makes a special effort to make these events as stress free as possible.

Fiona Goudie

8 June 2024

From start to finish this was an exceptional cruise. Skipper James was determined to get us to St Kilda, despite the poor weather conditions, we rocked and rolled our way there, and what a place it was, it certainly exceeded my bucket list expectations! James is so considerate to all his crew and guests. Lynsay our guide was marvelous and encouraged me to climb The Gap, despite my knee issue I made it, and what a view I had of the village and Village Bay from the rock I chose to sit on for my picnic. Lynsay's patience with fellow guests and knowledge of her birds and flora were excellent. Jaya our chef extraordinaire made delicious meals, and as for her home made daily cakes they were to die for. Sofia was very attentive to all our needs and kept the whole boat immaculate. she is a little gem. The islands we visited had such variety, and from day to day it was a surprise as to where we would be next, due to the strong winds, James was kept on his toes to keep us all safe and busy. I still cannot believe the abundance of seabirds we saw, and so close. The dolphins were a treat. top marks to everyone at Hebrides Cruises.

Deirdre Brown

8 June 2024

Despite some pretty gusty weather, this was a fabulous cruise, our very experienced and attentive crew continually reviewing the forecast and the options to ensure the guests had a memorable and very enjoyable 10 nights aboard the wonderful Emma Jane.  I’m fortunate enough to have previously visited St Kilda with Hebrides Cruises, but I must say this visit was possibly even more exciting, more a sense of achievement.  However, don’t go thinking that St Kilda was all the cruise was about, not by a long way !!  We had a fabulous visit to the sun drenched Shiants – sitting there watching the puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags etc was pure pleasure. Other highlights were walking among the ruins of the old village on the Isle of Isay, just off the coast of Skye (a first for most of us), and the intriguing ruins at Rubha an Dunain on Skye. Just imagine an Iron Age dun on a cliff top, a chambered cairn from 2nd/3rd century BC, and a stone-lined canal thought to have been built by the Vikings !!  This was a first for everyone on board – never let it be said Hebrides Cruises just visit the same old places, nothing could be further from the truth !!  Sophia – what a joy to have Sophia aboard as our Stewardess, nothing was ever too much trouble, she had an uncanny knack of knowing just what we wanted before we’d even thought of it ourselves, the dinner table presentation was worth a front page of “House and Home” every night, and her unbridled enthusiasm was infectious ! Jaya – I’ve previously had the pleasure of a cruise with Jaya in 2023, so was delighted to learn of her return for 2024. Wonderful food, great company, and again boundless enthusiasm, what more can I say !  Lynsey -  I’ve cruised with Lynsey many times, and in my opinion she steps up a gear every season. We’ve had some wonderful sightings, walks, adventures, and I think I’m right in saying I’ve never known her to fail to identify anything, be it animal, plant, beastie, bird, or whatever.  Phenomenal knowledge, and great company !  I’m proud to call her a friend.   James – How James managed to get us to St Kilda and everywhere else in the weather that we had I’ll never know. I especially think his evening presentation of the weather forecast followed by the reasoning for the following day’s plan made everyone feel involved as well as getting an understanding of what is involved in formulating that plan.  The effort he put into ensuring EVERYTHING was always absolutely as it should be is so reassuring - I truly would be happy to let James skipper any vessel I was on to anywhere in the world and I know I’d be absolutely safe, such is my complete trust in his skill and judgement. Again, I’m proud to call James a true friend.  

Steve Lloyd

8 June 2024

Our cruise to St Kilda was a huge success. We made it safely to these wonderful isles thanks to James and his experience of the Hebridean weather and what a day we had there. Bright sunshine with no wind and a spectacular walk with magical views and then a fantastic cruise around Boreray and the stack with calm seas and thousands of birds. James provided us with a sunny day on the Shiants and we also had some lovely walks on Vatersay, Scarp, Isay and around the Viking canal at Rubha an Dunain. Lindsay’s ability to spot wildlife was amazing and as always we really enjoyed her company up on the fly deck. Jaya’s food was perfect and Sofia could not have been more attentive. A wonderful trip, our 5th on Emma Jane and we look forward to many more.

Jenny & John Bartram

3 June 2024

What a fantastic cruise! Despite not being able to reach St Kilda because of the weather, the skipper (Charlie), who knew the area and islands in great detail, took us to some magical places. Mingulay was our favourite - the beautiful beach was full of seals and we also saw a lot of nesting puffins. Bella (wildlife expert) pointed out the numerous different seabirds, plus porpoise and minky whales and took us for walks most days. We were looked after extremely well by Jasmine (steward) who worked tirelessly to look after us and made sure we had coffees/teas/drinks. And the food was exceptional- Sian is an extremely talented chef. Thank you to the crew who made our holiday so special. Wendy and John

Wendy Wheatcroft

20 July 2023

Thank you to Rob, Sam, Ruari, Abbie and all at Hebrides Cruises, not forgetting the beautiful Lucy Mary for another amazing trip. Graeme was thrilled to achieve his ambition of visiting the original (and best ) St Kilda. We also enjoyed revisiting The Small Isles. A bonus was the weather whist not warm it was mostly dry and whilst we were at St Kilda 
we were able to view the magnificent stacs under clear blue skies. Sam's offering from the galley were truly magnificent with an amazing 
range of textures and flavours from all over the world. We enjoyed many a chat with Ruari - did you know he could have been a concert pianist? Abbie clearly loves her job and we 
hope she continues to look after your guests as well as she did us. Huge thanks to Rob for his skill, diligence and great stories of life on the sea and in the islands.

Graeme & Sue Hurst

20 July 2023

The cruise to St. Kilda was brilliant, and we were thrilled to see whales and dolphins on the way. The trip round the stacks was especially memorable and very much appreciated as the birds circled above us. The boat was very comfortable even luxurious, providing for all our needs ,with top deck viewing and even a library! We have to mention the exceptional crew; Sam’s excellent t meals; Ruairi’s expert knowledge of wildlife and Abbie, who was so cheerful and thoughtful being there for all the guests. Thanks Rob for a wonderful cruise.

Patricia Armitage

17 July 2023

Far beyond our expectations. The crew were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The amount of wildlife we saw was unbelievable. Altering course to search for and find the Fin Whale and later on the 2 Hump Back Whales went above and beyond what we could have hoped for. Full marks to the very capable skipper, Bren. Zoe, Charlie and Hannah also deserve our heartfelt thanks for making this trip the experience of a lifetime that will stay with us forever.

Sheelagh Green

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