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St Kilda a lost way of island life

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St KildaPLAN 5: ST KILDA HERE WE COME [pictured right are the steep cliffs of St Kilda]

(Permission for the North/West extension to the cruising limits and the relevant charts will be required for this route)

This is only a very brief description of the possible passage, as, if you really want to go you will probably have been sitting with your own pilot books all winter. The whole cruise depends greatly on the weather and the strength of the crew. All the yachts in the fleet are eligible to do the trip as long as permission is sought in advance, but of course some will do it faster than others will, so we would recommend 36ft as being a minimum size to charter if you only have one week do it. The Beneteau Oceanis 423 "Sapphire " was used by group of journalists to go a few years ago- read their story Although yachts have gone in April and September it probably increases your chances of getting there if you plan to go between mid May and mid August when daylight is at it's maximum and the weather is probably going to be best.

DAY 1 Leaving Armadale and head for Rum or Canna if time and weather permit after the handover.

DAY 2 Loch Maddy, North Uist, Berneray or Leverburgh, Harris would provide the next step. If you are going to make it to St Kilda and back in a week you must at least cross the Minch on the second day. If you want to have a meal ashore then Loch Maddy provides some civilisation but involves a slight detour.

DAY 3 St Kilda - very early start, weather forecast and tide suitable then go for it.

DAY 4 St Kilda - if the anchorage at Village Bay is tenable then you will probably want to spend the day exploring the island and having a cruise around the islands. If you plan a night passage back then it will probably be round Barra Head so you might follow Itinerary 4 for the rest of the week

DAY 5 If you decide to return through the Sound of Harris and the weather is still settled, either the Monarch Isles or Taransay (the Castaways are long gone now) are interesting places to viist if time and weather permit.

DAY 6 Make sure you are heading back towards Skye on this day, either back to Armadale or to one of the nearby locations mentioned on the other Destination pages - Isle Ornsay, Mallaig, Inverie or Doune - for the last night.Saint Kilda Village Bay