Secret Scotland

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Go to St Kilda from Skye

St Kilda isn’t the easiest archipelago to get to – you can read some of the items we’ve come across here: Secret Scotland – St Kilda

The distance (about 40 miles) means the journey takes some four hours, assuming the weather doesn’t delay you, and even if you set out in good weather, there’s a chance that things won’t be so good when you get there, and you might have to turn back with your goal in sight. Cancellation is a real possibility.

So, the arrival of a second regular service sailing there has to be good news.

Sailing from Uig on the Isle of Skye, the new service will compete with existing services operating from Harris.

Although described as a “new” service, it seems that the route is a historic one that operated many years ago.

Day trips

The service allows for day trips:

At the time of writing, these are on offer during May, June, July, August, and September, and other dates by arrangement. The cost is given as £230.

Departure at 7:30am, and return time 8-9pm, allowing approximately 4 hours on Hirta, main Island of the St Kilda archipelago.

World Heritage Site

St Kilda is a World Heritage Site (dual, both natural and cultural), managed by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), and the potential increase in visitor numbers may be a cause for concern.

Paul Sharman, a ranger with NTS, said: “I think it is a good thing that people are coming to experience this unique world heritage site.

“But most people stay in the village area, which does cause some wear and tear.”

Via Historic St Kilda link to Skye restored

Further details of the service and other trips can be found here:

Go to St Kilda from Skye

Go to St Kilda brochure.pdf

The Good Old Days

I had a look for some recent pics of trips to Hirta, but I chose the pic below (from 1965) as a better example of ‘Compare and Contrast’ between then and now.

The owner’s original caption probably sums things up far better than anything I might add:

We had had an uncomfortable 17 hour journey from Mallaig in the fishing boat with only a National Trust for Scotland tea-towel displaying a map of Scotland and the NTS Properties for finding the route. It was good to be on the land although it seemed to be rocking and rolling for half a day.

 

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August 11, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | , , , , ,

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