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Old 21 February 2010, 11:17   #1
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A trip to St. Kilda ??

Ok. I have tried reaching a few people on here without much luck, so I'll try this Forum proper.

I plan a trip out to St. Kilda (Hirta) later this year. I will be coming up from the Isle of Man and probably refueling at Mallaig. From there, what is the best way to get thru the Outer Hebrides island chain?
Is it the Leverburgh Channel to the south of Harris?
Is it possible to go thru “the causeway” at Otternish?
Should I head south again and go round (N or S of) Barra?
Or is there a better way?
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Old 21 February 2010, 11:39   #2
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Ok. I have tried reaching a few people on here without much luck, so I'll try this Forum proper.

I plan a trip out to St. Kilda (Hirta) later this year. I will be coming up from the Isle of Man and probably refueling at Mallaig. From there, what is the best way to get thru the Outer Hebrides island chain?
Is it the Leverburgh Channel to the south of Harris?
Is it possible to go thru “the causeway” at Otternish?
Should I head south again and go round (N or S of) Barra?
Or is there a better way?
There are a group of us heading out this year at some point during the summer, you are welcome to tag along (5 ribs presently), however we intend staying on the islands for a spot of diving, so will not be returning the same day. We intend leaving from Uig and heading our between the islands. That's quite a distance you've got planned there? were are you planning to overnight..
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Old 21 February 2010, 11:56   #3
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It is not possibly to pass through the causeway at Otternish.

There is a bouyed channel to the North of Berneray, this is ocaasionally used the Elektron, the supply vessel for St Kilda.
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Old 21 February 2010, 12:00   #4
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IBWET,

Thanks for that.
Well, there are several ways aren't there?
My rough plan is to go:
Peel
Coll (to overnight)
Mallaig (to refuel)
Ronay (to overnight again, leaving early in the morning)
Then.....................

Or ? via Port Ellen on Islay and then Barra? But Fuel and distance??

Your leaving from Uig. You must need to go thru the islands as well?
Which way will you go?
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There you are Brian what a better way to go to St Kilda with the trail-blazzing clydeside rebels!!
Ian enjoy and remember to take plenty of photos. Hope to catch up soon.
All the best to all

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ps Brian I see tarbh answered your post.
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Hi Brian, we have been to St-Kilda a couple of times and because we're based on the isle of Lewis we left from Leverburgh. So far as i know, most of Uist is inter-connected by causways that arent made to allow for boats to pass under. i.e. Berneray is connected to north uist, which in turn has a causway to benbecula,south uist and then eriskay. So your best options are between Barra and Eriskay, or the sound of Harris. (leverburgh way) One advantage of Leverburgh is there is a council run Diesel dispenser on the pier so you could top up with fuel on the way out or back and its 50nm straight out to St-Kilda from there. Its an INCREDIBLE place, and a must visit destination!

I've included a pic from our trip (2005) taken at the pier at Leverburgh.

Hope this helps
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IBWET I'd be interested in taking another boat out to St kilda if you dont mind another hanger on with four keen divers aboard.
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Thanks Robbie.
Very interested in the diesel dispenser at Leverbugh.
Could save me going into Mallaig.
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Brian, I replied to your email, it seems you mustn't have got it so I'll post it here.

I also sent you information about getting diesel fuel which I don't want to post here. Email me again if you would like it.

The causeway has blocked off access completely,
there is a pipe tunnel to allow fish and seals through but
it's not boat sized. I guess from the Isle of Man it depends
on weather conditions what you do. If westerlies are blowing
then you'll have shelter staying in the minch and travelling
through the Sound of Harris, best through the Cope Passage,
it's well buoyed and there is a fairway buoy at its
entrance in the minch north of Lochmaddy. Don't stray out
though and don't pass the wrongside of the buoys, even close by :o).
Exiting from there for
St Kilda you can leave by 3 ways, between Pabay and Toe
Head, between Pabay and Boreray and between Boreray and
Udal. If there's big swell give the Pabay - Boreray a miss
because there's breaking waves there - can be big n scary,
even looking at em from the land!
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Thanks Robbie.
Very interested in the diesel dispenser at Leverbugh.
Could save me going into Mallaig.
The council run diesel fuel is not for sale privately and a condition of holding an account is that the account holder does not sell on the fuel so I wouldn't be relying on it.

I might mention something else, many miles out between the Sound of Harris and St Kilda, the exact position I didn't take, there is a fishing patch where large buoys are floating a long distance apart from each other. Take care, they can be joined by floating rope.
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