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2018 Season: First Outer Hebrides and St Kilda Expedition of the Year - explore further afield

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
EDA818 Eda Frandsen Mallaig Mallaig
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 9 days
02/06/2018 - 15:00 to 11/06/2018 - 09:30
02/06/2018 - 15:00 to 11/06/2018 - 09:30
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £1200.00 n/a
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Outer Hebrides Adventure and to St Kilda

Eda is a perfect vessel to join for an extended voyage as she can navigate into the smallest lochs and islets that larger boats can’t reach yet she is incredibly seaworthy and sizeable enough to ensure an enjoyable smooth voyage in longer stretches of waters. Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. On this 9 day voyage we have the opportunity to venture further afield; with the ultimate aim of reaching St Kilda.

A voyage to St Kilda depends largely on wind and weather conditions due to its exposed location in the Atlantic. The Hebrides alone are a haven for birdlife, spectacular landscapes and scenery and well worth a 9 day visit or more to appreciate their full glory. Each day we will visit somewhere new, from small lochs to wide sandy beaches, towering cliffs and rocky outcrops, you wont be disappointed.

The Outer Hebrides lie thirty miles off the North West coast, with over 40 islands that offer spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history.

World Heritage Site St Kilda

standing stonesIn remote isolation, this volcanic archipelago lies 40 miles to the west of the Outer Hebrides deep in the Atlantic. These majestic islands have the most dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs and beautiful beaches and is now a dual World Heritage Site.

More information about St Kilda as a destination

Abundant Bird and Marine Life

Home to the largest colonies of guillemots in the world, the highest number of fulmars and breeding puffin in the UK and over a million seabirds, this is a fantastic paradise for birdlife. St Kilda also has its own unique St. Kilda Wren, with a slightly bigger beak and a different song; it is estimated that there are 250 breeding pairs and a major sighting for any ornithologist or amateur bird watchers.

Between the Hebrides and St Kilda, we regularly see dolphins, whales and seals so don’t forget your camera.

St Kilda - an Introduction

Rich in cultural and historical significance, the ruins of many early settlements can still be seen.

At the beginning of the previous century the St. Kildans lived exceptionally primitive compared to the rest of Europe. They lived of a few sheep, the agriculture and especially of bird catching. Annually a ship with necessities such as knifes, needles and yarn came to the island. These goods were exchanged for dried birds and tweed.

One hundred and eighty people lived on the islands towards the end of the 17th century but they only had 16ft boats to get about in. There was not enough timber to build there own craft so these tiny boats crossed the eighty mile passage from the mainland, fancy a try?

Eda Crew eating Chloe's pasties on St KildaThe St. Kildans lived in houses with walls made of boulders and roofs made of turf and hay. The earliest houses had no chimneys or windows and they must have been very damp, dark and dingy to live in. In the 1830’s wood and glass were introduced into new dwellings and the old houses became stables and stores. The old feudal Celtic community of St. Kilda was gradually destroyed by the influence the Anglo Saxons from the mainland but the morning
At the start of the 20th century stone houses with sanitary facilities were introduced and an attempt was made with charity and tourism to keep the islands going; the main aim of which was to get them enough food to live on. But still the inhabitants were poverty stricken and near to starvation most of the time so that on August 29th 1930 the British government removed the last 39 inhabitants.

In 1957 a military post, which is still there, was built and is now run by Quintec Associates Ltd a defence organisation. The military started out by using bulldozers to destroy most of the old houses.

Spectacular Remote Islands

On a longer voyage the southern islands of the Outer Hebrides, such as Barra, Mingulay or South Uist are a few hours sail away and well worth a visit.  On a longer passage further north we may include a visit to the beautiful Isle of Harris, the lesser known isles of Bearnaraigh or the Monach or Shiant Islands rich in birdlife. If the winds are favourable perhaps sail around the rugged Atlantic facing coastline of the Hebrides where we will be rewarded with endless sandy beaches and spectacular coastline while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.

You can expect great sailing and remote locations, which would not normally be achievable in a shorter voyage.  Close by we may visit the Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg, Skye is a few miles to the west and the remote Knoydart peninsula on our doorstep.

Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its rich birdlife. One of our favourite locations in Loch Eport provides a striking backdrop for the evening sunset. South Uist offers impressive lochs, dispersed crofts and endless beaches. Lewis has a captivating history and rich in culture and traditions, with many small lochs and moorlands. The Shiant Islands are rich in birdlife, with thousands arriving in summer to breed. Barra and Vatesay lie on the southern tip and are famous for beautiful beaches. A special place to visit by boat, it has become a favourite of many sailors. The impressive anchorage between Helisay and Gighay is a great location to arrive on Eda. The secluded entrance opens up to reveal fantastic mountain vistas.


go wild for beaches in the HebridesA great adventure voyage

Eda Frandsen has been exploring the delights of the west coast of Scotland for 15 years so knows these waters well. James and his crew will greet you with a warm welcome as you step aboard. Before we set sail, you’ll receive a full safety brief and a refreshing cup of tea.  Our itinerary is not fixed, so that we can make the most of the wind and weather at the time. With so many places to explore, we aim to venture to a new anchorage every night and really experience the beauty of the area we sail in.  You can be assured of a relaxed, professional atmosphere on board and a truly hands on sailing voyage. This longer voyage will require an adventurous spirit and perhaps include night passages.

photo: Skipper James goes wild

Life onboard

With 56ft there is plenty of space above and below, with wide decks, comfortable cabins, a large saloon and social seating areas. Great for groups of friends or solo travellers you will become involved in all aspects of running the boat, hoist the sails, steer, or perhaps you have always wanted to learn navigation? After a great day sailing, why not explore ashore or relax with a good book or glass of wine as the sun sets, the choice is up to you. Freshly cooked meals using local produce are provided. Perhaps we will catch the freshest crab or lobster from our own pots, just minutes from pot to plate.

"Sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring these remote islands. You do not have to worry about accommodation, it’s close to nature but cosier than camping!"

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream mean that we regularly see dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks in the waters around the Western Isles. The area is rich in seabirds including gannets, shearwaters, puffins, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, sea eagles, gulls and terns. On land keep an eye for soaring Gold and white tailed eagles around the cliffs, deer and otters.

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