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Visiting St Kilda

Travel to St Kilda with the National Trust for Scotland cruise

Advice for Visitors

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Getting to St Kilda is not easy, but those who are persistent can find a variety of ways to achieve their goal.

Many visits to St Kilda begin in the Western Isles, you may wish to find out more about this fascinating area and plan your trip by visiting

Usually visitors get to St Kilda by joining one of the following:

Cruise Ships
Charter Boats
Visit by Yacht
Work Parties

Boreray and the Stacs in heavy seas

Photograph: Rohan Holt

Cruise ships

Several large cruise ships visit St Kilda every year, often including the National Trust for Scotland Cruise. As the itineraries change every year an internet search is probably the easiest way to check.

Cruise Department
The National Trust for Scotland
Hermiston Quay
5 Cultins Rd
EH11 4DF

The supplier list above is for your information only. It is the responsibility of those wishing to visit the islands to obtain further information on the services provided by these companies. The Trust cannot be held responsible for the service you receive.

Cruise ship in Village Bay

Photograph: Glasgow Museums


Day trips and longer charters     (click for a list of boat operators)

Day trip boats leave from the Western Isles and Skye, boats offering longer trips leave from various ports, including Mallaig and Oban. For details of times and prices, you should contact the boat operators directly. The journey time is dependent on weather and tide conditions, as well as the type of boat chartered.


Visits by yachts

Visitors are welcome to travel to St Kilda by sea using their own transport, such as a private boat or yacht. It is helpful if independent travellers contact the Trust with details of intended travel plans, particularly details of landing and departure times.

The National Trust for Scotland
Balnain House
40 Huntly Street
Tel: 01463 232034


  • You are welcome to come ashore at any time using the jetty in Village Bay, Hirta.
  • All visitors are asked to contact the Ranger on arrival - by using your vessel’s VHF radio - call sign "Kilda Warden", Channel 12 or 16. (Please be considerate if you arrive at an unsocial hour).
  • Dogs (and other domesticated animals) are not permitted on the islands.
  • Please try to avoid visiting on Tuesdays and Fridays, as these are supply days.
  • All visitors must come ashore by open tender.
  • Please note there are no moorings in Village Bay.
  • The National Trust for Scotland does not allow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on St Kilda


The only accommodation on the island for visitors is a small campsite, with room for a maximum of 6 people. Visitors may stay for up to 5 nights. They have shared use of showers and toilets and access to a drinking water supply. Please note that there is no mobile phone reception or Wi-Fi or other internet access available on St. Kilda. Booking is essential. You may obtain further details and check availability by contacting:

The National Trust for Scotland
Balnain House
40 Huntly Street
Tel: 01463 232034

Bookings for the season can be taken from mid-January each year. We charge £12 per person per night for the facilities and ask that you pay the Ranger directly.

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