Adventure sailing to St Kilda - on yacht "ANNAG" from Berneray

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Village Bay St Kilda

 

The freedom afforded by a yacht such as "ANNAG" to explore the Hebrides including St Kilda enables ornithologists and naturalists to visit otherwise inaccessible wildlife locations. Our cruises are similarly popular amongst island hoppers, sailors and anybody who likes adventure or a bit of peace from the modern world.

Your host Donald Wilkie, who has operated this service for over 20 years, skippers "ANNAG". With his extensive sailing experience in these waters he will ensure that your cruise is as enjoyable as possible. You will be sailing or walking on the islands during the day and relax in the evening in the quiet anchorages with a complimentary glass of red wine. On rainy days the famous stove will keep you warm and dry.

We have always offered 6 day trips because the passage time is 8 hours to St Kilda and the crossing is weather dependent. If the weather is not suitable for the crossing we will usually explore other unspoiled, beautiful Hebridean islands accessible only with a small vessel. When we state that 2 to 3 days will be available for visiting St.Kilda we are allowing for some weather delay.

We include a tour round the Stacs and Boreray to see the gannet colonies while at St. Kilda, usually round the whole archipelago. When "ANNAG" is at anchor in Village Bay you are free to go ashore when you wish. Most guests will go ashore after breakfast and return for a meal in the evening and sometimes return ashore again in the evening.

The yacht "ANNAG", a Sunfizz 40 ft. sailing boat built by Jeanneau, France, is a modern, fast cruising yacht designed for chartering and offers a comfortable accommodation with three double cabins, two WC´s and a spacious saloon. "ANNAG" provides ten berths although six guests is the normal complement. Singles, couples or parties of up to eight are welcome. Please note if you book the whole boat you are more flexible with the destinations!

Based in Berneray (North Uist) in the Outer Hebrides from May to September, she is ideally situated to cruise the West Coast of Scotland and St Kilda in particular. Berneray Harbour is easily reached via ferry from Uig, Skye to Lochmaddy; Leverburgh, Harris to Berneray or Oban to Lochboisdale. There are also daily flights from Glasgow to Benbecula.

Departure is normally at about 1000 hours ( tide dependent) from the fishing harbour on the Island of Berneray, Sound of Harris which now has a direct road link with North Uist with the new causeway recently opened.

If you want to read more there is a good article at Walk Hebrides by Rosanna Lowe from the summer 2001.