Based on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Kilda Cruises provides a fast and comfortable day trip service with St Kilda as our main destination and other outlying islands by request.
Kilda Cruises pioneered the first day trip service to St Kilda in 2005. Over the years we have taken thousands of people to this remote and fascinating part of the world. Our vessel, Hirta, is the most comfortable and spacious boat providing day trips to St Kilda. Based on the beautiful Isle of Harris, it is the ideal jump off point for the adventure of a lifetime.
We have a long standing relationship with the National Trust for Scotland who own and care for the islands and recently Angus Campbell, owner of Kilda Cruises, was awarded an Honorary Life Membership to the St Kilda Club for his services to the island. We were thrilled to have been awarded 'Best Outdoor Adventure' at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in November. Kilda Cruises were awarded the national Thistle Award in March 2015 for 'The Best Outdoor Adventure Experience'.
Based on the beutiful Isle of Harris, it is the ideal jump off point for the adventure of a lifetime
Kilda Cruises has been involved in a number of exciting events over the years.
Here are a few highlights:
Kilda Cruises - Best Outdoor/Adverture Experience 2015
We were thrilled to be announced as the 'Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience' at the 2015 Scottish Thistle Awards held in March this year.
Lorraine Kelly and Steve Smith
We were delighted to have Scottish TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and her husband/BBC cameraman, Steve Smith, journey to St Kilda with us 2014 and 2018. Here they are at Leverburgh pier with the Kilda crew after their trip.
In 2008, worldwide car manufacturer, Volvo, made a commercial for the new Volvo XC90 Ocean Race edition. The scene is of a yacht in danger during a storm and Hirta being used as the rescue boat called out to save the day. Hirta can be seen from one minute onwards.
Nick Hancock - Rockall Solo Endurance Expedition
Angus and the crew assisted Nick Hancock in his attempt to break two world records and occupy Rockall solo for sixty days. Rockall is a landmass another 200 miles past St Kilda. To view footage from the reconnaissance mission in 2012 you can watch the video below. Unfortunately Nick was unable to land on Rockall in 2013 but there is the possibility of another attempt next year.
Ben Fogle and Norman John Gilles
We were delighted to take Norman John, accompanied by Ben Fogle to St Kilda as part of a BBC "Countryfile" feature. Norman John Gilles was born on St Kilda and was five years old when the island was evacuated. He was a gifted story teller and did a great deal in recording his memories of life on St Kilda and the adjustment to their new lives on the British mainland.
He was the last remaining St Kildan male until he sadly passed away on September 29th 2013. You can read his touching obituary in The Economist.
Record breaking tuna catch
In September 2013 the first Atlantic bluefin tuna ever to have been caught by rod and reel in Scottish waters was landed at Leverburgh pier, Isle of Harris. The picture shows Christopher Gunn and Angus Campbell with the 515lb tuna which took themselves and James Morrison (not pictured) over an hour to reel in.