In 2013 Derek Gordon founded www.gotostkilda.co.uk as the only provider of day and camping trips from Skye to St Kilda. ‘Go to St Kilda’ was awarded Visit Scotland 5*, won ‘Best outdoor activity/ experience’ at the Highlands and Islands tourism awards 2016 and 2017. At the end of 2017 when all 200+ tripadvisor reviews were 5*, the business was sold to Sea Skye Marine who continue to operate the business.
Having sold ‘Go to St Kilda’, in 2018 Derek fulfilled an ambition to provide amazing bird watching and wildlife tours around the amazing north and west coasts of Scotland including Cape Wrath, Old Man of Stoer and the cliffs of Handa Island. The biggest adventure of the 2018 season was a private charter to land on the the uninhabited Islands of North Rona, Sula Sgeir and Flannan Islands all in one day! We set off at 0630 and returned from the amazing 215 nautical mile voyage at 2130.
In 2019 we were delighted to see all our Tripadvisor reviews as 5 *, to be awarded Visit Scotland 5 * Tour status, and to be Regional Award Winner in International Best Brochure Awards. We had the pleasure of meeting our many wonderful customers. We enjoyed visits to dozens of islands around the west and north coasts of Scotland. Highlights included summer solstice camping on North Rona (40 nautical miles north west of Cape Wrath), several visits to the very special island of Sule Skerry (33 nautical miles north east of Cape Wrath), and our overnight stay at Gearrannan Heritage village on Lewis en route to another successful landing on Flannan Islands. Following a pause during the Cover years of 2020/21 the business has been transferred to Tony Macrae who is committed to continued development of the business to meet the continued growth in local tourism.