Journey to one of the most remote parts of the UK as Narwhal sails to UNESCO site St Kilda for an adventure of a lifetime.
Join Narwhal on the outer Hebridean island of Barra in Castle Bay. A small town presided over by the ruined castle on the island that it takes its name from. Barra can be reached directly by ferry from Oban, an adventure in itself passing through some stunning scenery and with the chance to see your first whales and dolphins. Alternatively, you can take the only scheduled flight to land on a beach to arrive in Barra in style.
Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and set sail for the first time. We will have a close eye on the weather conditions, looking for the best window to allow us to achieve our goal of sailing to St Kilda, the reputed ‘Island on the edge of the world’, lying 100 miles from the mainland and 60 miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. Shrouded in mist and mystery this double UNSECO world heritage site was inhabited from the stone age until the 1930s. Now you can walk through time amongst the remains of centuries of civilisation, inhabited only by an abundance of sea birds, puffins, gannets and guillemots.
The crossing to St Kilda is approximately 60 miles, so will take a full day of sailing to complete. We may take a break on the journey at the wild and windswept Monarch Islands, lulled to sleep by the sounds of seals. Then we will be aiming towards the anchorage of Village Bay on St Kilda, the excitement building as the remote islands group begins to appear out of the ocean and we are surrounded by more and more seabirds.
Once safely anchored in Village Bay there will be time to explore the unique history, wildlife and landscape of the double UNESCO world heritage site of St Kilda. Conditions permitting there may be the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the islands and get up close to the wildlife using our kayaks or paddleboards.
Out here the elements rule and we will make our crossing back to the Outer Hebrides determined by the weather, possibly having some time to explore the wonderful beaches along the way.
During the whole voyage, we can choose any of the many sheltered and secluded anchorages dotted along these coasts, allowing you to enjoy time ashore and simply relax and enjoy the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. Perhaps fish for your dinner, take a stroll ashore or even try your hand with the boat toys; kayaks or paddleboards. Explore the coast, with evening beach fires and the chance to experience the magic of sailing through the night under a sky full of stars.
We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Castle Bay in Barra. We will moor up for the night and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
*The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests on board, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of a waterproof all in one are included in your ticket price.
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Sloop
Narwhal is a 50ft expedition yacht. Made of sturdy steel she is a real go-anywhere boat, ready for adventures to some of the wildest and most remote places on the planet.
A custom made expedition vessel, Narwhal’s interior offerings have been well thought out and she is well equipped to be as comfortable as she can be for guests and crew for long durations at sea. She has twin forward cabins, each with two bunks, and a large stern cabin, a galley, a communal saloon and an extra-cosy additional seating area. With a built-in diesel heater, even when she exploring some of the most remote and coldest locations on the planet, her guests are sure to be kept warm and toasty below decks.
The navigation station is well equipped for all eventualities with Narwhal’s computer system and her top of the range routing software set up for sailing in some of the toughest locations and conditions. She also has a satellite communication system which means we can keep in touch wherever we are in the world. From the necessary modern technologies to the paper charts, dividers and sextants, Narwhal still practices her navigation traditional skills.
Designed to be self-sufficient whilst sailing offshore for extended periods in remote locations, Narwhal has a water-maker as well as large freshwater and fuel tanks. With plenty of room to store food and equipment, Narwhal always has all the things necessary for adventuring in remote locations.
Protecting the environment is at the forefront of Narwhal’s ethos so she is equipped with solar panels and wind and hydro generators to generate power more sustainably. If the wind doesn’t blow however, she does have a 105hp Volvo engine to push along and a generator to keep the lights on.
Narwhal’s voyages are also often focused around the protection of the environment and she regularly runs trips involving beach cleans and marine research.
Narwhal also has kayaks, paddle-boards and fishing gear for guests to use!
Deck planMore about Narwhal
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip
- Can I charge my phone and camera?
Yes we have 12v charging in all bunks although mobile signal can be intermittent
- What language is spoken on board?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Narwhal has a double bed and 2 twin bunks
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
Two toilets, one shower
- Is there any age limit?
No under 18's
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Are sailing suits provided?
Yes, Narwhal provides all-in-one waterproof suits for all her guests. Please let us know your size when booking.
- Are life jackets provided?
- Are watersports included?
Narwhal has kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear for guest use free of charge at the discretion of the Skipper.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.