Flannan Isles 2 Day Special Adventure

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Flannan Isles 2 Day Special Adventure

• Operates: June 6 – 7 2019 (keep 8th June free in case of sea condition)
• Departs: Kylesku slipway IV27 4HW
• Price: £460 per person including 
Gearrannan Heritage Village
bunkhouse accommodation cost, excluding meals.
• Difficulty: Red – click for more info
• Remember to bring your camera – you will see things few get the
chance to!
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Trip Information

Join us on a 2 / 1 nights (allow 3 days / 2 nights) trip that is something rather special for those interested in wildlife, history and adventure. Travel to The Flannan Islands, Carloway, Sula Sgeir, and North Rona. Overnight accommodation is one night in the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village bunkhouse close to Carloway.
See map below for details of the route. If so required by wind and sea conditions it may be the route could be reversed, the trips start delayed by one day, or the trip extended to include 2 nights in Gearrannan Village bunkhouse.

Important Notes

All our trips are operated subject to suitable sea conditions. Please keep June 8th available at the end of organised trip dates to allow slippage in event of weather delays.

This trip is dependant on suitable sea conditions and the itinerary is subject to alteration if so dictated by the sea conditions. If the wind and sea conditions forecast prior to departure dictates we would be unable to achieve most of the planned island visits and landings, it is at the discretion of ‘North Coast sea Tours’ to cancel the trip or to go ahead with a pre-agreed Plan B. In the event of the itinerary being altered there may be a commensurate
adjustment to the price.

In the event of cancellation, our cancellation terms are detailed below. See special note.

Throughout the trip filming and photography may be underway by a press photographer. It is possible that photographs and film footage of customers on this tour will appear in publications and marketing material. Please only book to be part of this trip if you are willing to participate in this way.

Requirements

We provide transport by boat and make the Carloway Village bunkhouse
booking. We assist you as required in your trip planning. We provide some
guidance on the islands however when ashore we require every customer to
be responsible for their own actions. You are responsible for all other aspects
of the trip.

Mobility: Passengers require to be independently mobile with a considerable degree of agility. Unfortunately, the trip is not suitable for wheelchair users. On all islands to be visited there is no pier and landing is by dinghy transfer and then by scrambling onto rocks.

Age: This trip is suitable for adults only.

Dress required: Footwear suitable for walking on the islands where the ground can be uneven, steep and wet underfoot. Some customers like to bring micromicro-spikes for maximum grip on slippy rocks. Warm waterproof clothing (jacket, trousers, and footwear) for use on the islands and also to enjoy views from the rear deck during the journey, which is often wet from sea spray.

Food and drink: Passengers require to bring own food and drink as there are no catering facilities on the islands. When we visit Carloway/ Gearrannan
Village, our meals will be in the Blackhouse or nearby Doune Braes Hotel. Meals will be at passengers own expense.

Pets: Pets are strictly prohibited due to the fragile ecosystem on the islands.

Price, Booking, and Payment

The Ultimate Islands – The Flannan Isles 2 Day Special Adventure can take up to 8 passengers. The 2019 price for trip from Kylesku is £460 per person including Gearrannan Heritage Village bunkhouse accommodation cost, excluding meals . A 30% deposit is required. The balance is payable by 14 days prior to date of
travel. Cancellation terms – note special condition. The cancellation terms are as per our Terms & Conditions available on our website, subject to a special
condition applicable to this tour. In event of ‘North Coast Sea Tours‘
cancelling the trip due to unsuitable wind and sea conditions forecast, the
refund payment will be reduced by £60 per person to cover the cost of unrecoverable Gearrannan Village cancellation costs.

What’s Included In The Price?

• All travel costs from point of departure Kylesku to return into Kylesku.
• Any landing fees.
• All bunkhouse fees when staying at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
bunkhouse.

What’s Not Included In The Price?

• All food and drink throughout the trip.
• Any unexpected costs arising. (Customers should carry own travel
insurance.)

 

The Islands

North Rona

North Rona lies about 44 miles North of the Butt Of Lewis. The islands proper name is just Rona but it’s commonly referred to as “North” Rona because of the other Rona, known as “South” Rona, which lies to the east of the Isle Of Skye. The most northerly island of the Outer Hebrides ever to have been regularly inhabited, further offshore than St Kilda, and had a flourishing community in 1549. It seems to have been maintained at around 30 people with any excess moving to Lewis. But in 1680 the community was devastated by an invasion of rats and a raid by a passing ship which destroyed all the island foodstuffs. All the people died. Resettlement ended in disaster around 1695 in some sort of boating tragedy. After that, it was only inhabited by a shepherd and family until 1844 when it was deserted. Nowadays the only inhabitants of Rona are sheep and seals. The sheep are tended by farmers from Ness in Lewis.

Landing Note:
Note that as there is no jetty on the island, going ashore is by 
dinghy making a rocky landing which can be an adventure in itself and may require considerable agility.

Sula Sgeir

About 10 miles to the South West of Rona lies Sula Sgeir famous for its gannet colony which is visited by the people of Ness, Lewis once a year in a ritual collection of guga (young gannets) for eating. Approximately 2000 Gannets can be harvested, this is the only exception in the whole of the UK. Men from Ness stay in old Black houses left by Monks for up to 3 weeks collecting the birds. Their meat is eaten as a delicacy on the Outer Islands and can be sold for up to £16 per bird. The harvest has received a lot of negative publicity over the years due to the controversy over whether the birds are killed humanely or not, and if it is really necessary. A documentary was produced on the age-old tradition called ‘The Guga Hunters of Ness’. Note that as there is no jetty on the island, going ashore is by dinghy making a rocky landing which can be an adventure in itself and may require considerable agility.

Flannan Islands

The Flannan Isles are a group of rocky, uninhabited islands located west of the Isle of Lewis. They are named for St. Flannan but are also known as the Seven Hunters. One of the largest of these seven islands is a rocky cliff-edged island known as Eilean Mor. Eilean Mor has a grassy hilltop at its apex. Perched atop this grassy hill is a lighthouse that is known as the Flannan Isles lighthouse. The Flannan Isles lighthouse was the scene of three mysterious disappearances roughly one year after it was built. Three men vanished from the lighthouse without a trace. There was no sign of a disturbance and very few clues to the nature of their fate.

Landing Note:
Landing on Flannan and climbing up to the island from the landing spot requires a considerable amount of agility. What was a good set of stairs have now worn away to a slope, which means climbing with the assistance of safety rope is a necessity. Good shoes are essential.

Carloway

The old crofting town of Carloway has around 500 residents. It has some fantastic historical sites such a standing stone in Upper Carloway, A Black House Village, and Iron Age Broch. We will be staying overnight in the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village bunkhouse. Bunkhouse rooms may be male and female in the same room. Our meals will be in the Blackhouse or nearby Doune Braes Hotel. Meals will be at passengers own expense.

Trip Information

Join us on a 2 / 1 nights (allow 3 days / 2 nights) trip that is something rather special for those interested in wildlife, history and adventure. Travel to The Flannan Islands, Carloway, Sula Sgeir, and North Rona. Overnight accommodation is one night in the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village bunkhouse close to Carloway.
See map below for details of the route. If so required by wind and sea conditions it may be the route could be reversed, the trips start delayed by one day, or the trip extended to include 2 nights in Gearrannan Village bunkhouse.

Important Notes

All our trips are operated subject to suitable sea conditions. Please keep June 8th available at the end of organised trip dates to allow slippage in event of weather delays.

This trip is dependant on suitable sea conditions and the itinerary is subject to alteration if so dictated by the sea conditions. If the wind and sea conditions forecast prior to departure dictates we would be unable to achieve most of the planned island visits and landings, it is at the discretion of ‘North Coast sea Tours’ to cancel the trip or to go ahead with a pre-agreed Plan B. In the event of the itinerary being altered there may be a commensurate
adjustment to the price.

In the event of cancellation, our cancellation terms are detailed below. See special note.

Throughout the trip filming and photography may be underway by a press photographer. It is possible that photographs and film footage of customers on this tour will appear in publications and marketing material. Please only book to be part of this trip if you are willing to participate in this way.

Requirements - Price (what's included/what's not included), booking and payment

Requirements

We provide transport by boat and make the Carloway Village bunkhouse booking. We assist you as required in your trip planning. We provide some guidance on the islands however when ashore we require every customer to be responsible for their own actions. You are responsible for all other aspects of the trip.

Mobility
 Passengers require to be independently mobile with a considerable degree of agility. Unfortunately, the trip is not suitable for wheelchair users. On all islands to be visited there is no pier and landing is by dinghy transfer and then by scrambling onto rocks.

Age
 This trip is suitable for adults only.

Dress required
Footwear suitable for walking on the islands where the ground can be uneven, steep and wet underfoot. Some customers like to bring micromicro-spikes for maximum grip on slippy rocks. Warm waterproof clothing (jacket, trousers, and footwear) for use on the islands and also to enjoy views from the rear deck during the journey, which is often wet from sea spray.

Food and drink
Passengers require to bring own food and drink as there are no catering facilities on the islands. When we visit Carloway/ Gearrannan
Village, our meals will be in the Blackhouse or nearby Doune Braes Hotel. Meals will be at passengers own expense.

Pets
Pets are strictly prohibited due to the fragile ecosystem on the islands.

Price, Booking, and Payment

The Ultimate Islands – The Flannan Isles 2 Day Special Adventure can take up to 8 passengers. The 2019 price for trip from Kylesku is £460 per person including Gearrannan Heritage Village bunkhouse accommodation cost, excluding meals . A 30% deposit is required. The balance is payable by 14 days prior to date of travel. Cancellation terms – note special condition. The cancellation terms are as per our Terms & Conditions available on our website, subject to a special condition applicable to this tour. In event of ‘North Coast Sea Tours‘ cancelling the trip due to unsuitable wind and sea conditions forecast, the refund payment will be reduced by £60 per person to cover the cost of unrecoverable Gearrannan Village cancellation costs.

What’s Included In The Price?

• All travel costs from point of departure Kylesku to return into Kylesku.
• Any landing fees.
• All bunkhouse fees when staying at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
bunkhouse.

What’s Not Included In The Price?

• All food and drink throughout the trip.
• Any unexpected costs arising. (Customers should carry own travel insurance.)

The Islands

North Rona

North Rona lies about 44 miles North of the Butt Of Lewis. The islands proper name is just Rona but it’s commonly referred to as “North” Rona because of the other Rona, known as “South” Rona, which lies to the east of the Isle Of Skye. The most northerly island of the Outer Hebrides ever to have been regularly inhabited, further offshore than St Kilda, and had a flourishing community in 1549. It seems to have been maintained at around 30 people with any excess moving to Lewis. But in 1680 the community was devastated by an invasion of rats and a raid by a passing ship which destroyed all the island foodstuffs. All the people died. Resettlement ended in disaster around 1695 in some sort of boating tragedy. After that, it was only inhabited by a shepherd and family until 1844 when it was deserted. Nowadays the only inhabitants of Rona are sheep and seals. The sheep are tended by farmers from Ness in Lewis.

Landing Note:
Note that as there is no jetty on the island, going ashore is by 
dinghy making a rocky landing which can be an adventure in itself and may require considerable agility.

Sula Sgeir

About 10 miles to the South West of Rona lies Sula Sgeir famous for its gannet colony which is visited by the people of Ness, Lewis once a year in a ritual collection of guga (young gannets) for eating. Approximately 2000 Gannets can be harvested, this is the only exception in the whole of the UK. Men from Ness stay in old Black houses left by Monks for up to 3 weeks collecting the birds. Their meat is eaten as a delicacy on the Outer Islands and can be sold for up to £16 per bird. The harvest has received a lot of negative publicity over the years due to the controversy over whether the birds are killed humanely or not, and if it is really necessary. A documentary was produced on the age-old tradition called ‘The Guga Hunters of Ness’. Note that as there is no jetty on the island, going ashore is by dinghy making a rocky landing which can be an adventure in itself and may require considerable agility.

Flannan Islands

The Flannan Isles are a group of rocky, uninhabited islands located west of the Isle of Lewis. They are named for St. Flannan but are also known as the Seven Hunters. One of the largest of these seven islands is a rocky cliff-edged island known as Eilean Mor. Eilean Mor has a grassy hilltop at its apex. Perched atop this grassy hill is a lighthouse that is known as the Flannan Isles lighthouse. The Flannan Isles lighthouse was the scene of three mysterious disappearances roughly one year after it was built. Three men vanished from the lighthouse without a trace. There was no sign of a disturbance and very few clues to the nature of their fate.

Landing Note:
Landing on Flannan and climbing up to the island from the landing spot requires a considerable amount of agility. What was a good set of stairs have now worn away to a slope, which means climbing with the assistance of safety rope is a necessity. Good shoes are essential.

Carloway

The old crofting town of Carloway has around 500 residents. It has some fantastic historical sites such a standing stone in Upper Carloway, A Black House Village, and Iron Age Broch. We will be staying overnight in the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village bunkhouse. Bunkhouse rooms may be male and female in the same room. Our meals will be in the Blackhouse or nearby Doune Braes Hotel. Meals will be at passengers own expense.

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