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St Kilda - Escape to the Edge

Head to the outer edge of the British Isles and discover the magic and mystery of St Kilda

Escape to the wildly beautiful outer edges of the UK. This island-hopping holiday combines the remote Outer Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris with an adventurous day-trip to experience the magic, mystery and austerity of long-abandoned St Kilda.


At A Glance

Best Time To Go

May - Sep. Early booking advisable, as places are limited.

Why not...

add a couple of nights and explore the Isle of Skye too?

Prices From

£720

No of Nights

5

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Day One – Isle of Lewis

Your first Hebridean destination is the Isle of Lewis, reached by ferry from the port of Ullapool.  Lewis boasts the famous Standing Stones of Callanish (or Calaneis in the local Gaelic).  Whether the sun is splitting the skies, or a wild storm is brewing, the site is eerie and evocative, perhaps all the more so as the original purpose and meaning of this stone circle is lost in the mists of time.  Within the same part of the island, experience the traditional way of life of just a hundred or so years ago by visiting the wonderfully-preserved Gearranan Blackhouse Village.

Your Hotel

Your accommodation in Stornoway is a newly refurbished, family owned bungalow with just two very comfortable and cosy en-suite bedrooms. The Stornoway born-and-bred host is here to ensure your complete relaxation and satisfaction, serving authentic, locally sourced breakfasts and giving unique, local advice on anything you might need to know about the Outer Hebrides.

Day Three – Isle of Harris

Your second base in these outer isles is in the south of Harris, which is part of the same land-mass as Lewis, your route taking you past some of the most spectacularly beautiful beaches in the UK.

South Harris offers unrivalled opportunities for hillwalkers, anglers, divers, birdwatchers and wildlife-lovers.  Take a sunset cruise in the Sound of Harris to spot seals, dolphins and basking sharks, and marvel at the sight of golden eagles, cormorants and buzzards swooping down over the uninhabited offshore islands.  And don’t miss Rodel’s exquisite 15th century church of St Clement’s with its wonderful medieval tombs and carvings.

Your Hotel

This modern 4 star guest house exudes a warm, traditional Hebridean  welcome and offers a quiet retreat from which to appreciate the beauty  of the surrounding area.  Overlooking a peaceful loch, you’ll feel a  million miles from anywhere, although in reality you are just a few  minutes drive – or a 20 minute walk – from Tarbert.  The splendid breakfast prepared from locally sourced produce, will set you up for the day. All of the comfortable rooms and the residents lounge enjoy impressive  watery views from this aptly named house meaning ‘Music of the Sea’.

Day Four or Five: Across the ocean to St Kilda

Your holiday includes a truly magical and adventurous experience – a day trip by specially designed fast boat to the remote archipelago of St Kilda.  Spectacularly rugged, deserted, forbidding, yet teeming with rare species of plant and bird life, the remote archipelago of St Kilda has long-fascinated explorers, naturalists and adventurers keen to discover for themselves its unique history, landscape and wildlife.  The awe-inspiring landscape, human history, and the sheer remoteness also intrigue many.

The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Nature Reserve and Ancient Monument due to their environmental importance and scenic beauty.  Trips are weather dependent, but will usually run from Leverburgh, Harris, departing at 8am and taking around 3 hours.  You’ll have up to 6 hours in this remote and magical place where you’re free to explore the main island of Hirta at your leisure.  Each passenger receives a map of Hirta detailing points of historical interest and a suggested route to take for a tour on foot.  The church, schoolroom and museum are well worth a visit to discover more about the unique way of life of the islanders until abandonment.  The boat will also tour the cliffs and coastline including the towering stacs around the islands, revealing the awe inspiring scale of the cliffs and the colonies of sea birds circling high above.

Notes on St Kilda

Please note that there is no catering available and passengers must bring food for the day; tea and coffee are provided free of charge on board.  While teenage children are welcome, parents are reminded that St Kilda is one of the remotest locations in the country and are asked to exercise their own judgement.  We do not recommend that children under 10 travel, but please contact us to discuss this if you’re unsure.  Due to the fragile animal and plant life of the islands, strictly no pets allowed.

Day Six – Return Home

You will leave the Outer Hebrides by ferry to Skye where we can arrange for a further stopover if required.

Fly-drive Option

This holiday is also available as a fly-drive, with flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow to and from Stornoway. A hire car would then be included, available for you to collect at the airport.


Location

Map Escape-to-the-Edge

You will stay in Lewis and South Harris, and take a day trip to St Kilda


Pricing

£720 per person May to September, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, for 5 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The holiday includes the day trip to St Kilda. As this is weather dependent; the exact day of departure may be subject to late change. If the trip does not run during your stay a refund of the excursion fare will be made.

Prices also include ferry crossings for two adults and a car to Lewis, and from Harris back to Skye.

This holiday is also available as a fly-drive, with return flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Stornoway, and car hire while on the islands. Add £220 per person for this (based on small manual hire car.)

All our holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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This holiday is available from the end of April  to the beginning of September

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