Silversea Expedition Cruises To Shiant Islands, Scotland

Shiant Islands, Scotland
Shiant Islands, Scotland

Cliffs of tall hexagonal columns create a sensational landscape at the Shiant Islands, especially when viewed from the sea. The cliffs of six-sided rock columns look like the cross-section of an enormous honeycomb. The rock formations were formed when molten volcanic magma cooled very slowly underground. Millions of years of erosion has exposed the six-sided columns to the sea, and to us. The tallest of these formations is 120 metres (390 feet) high. During spring and summer, flights of seabirds near the Shiant Islands catch the eye. View more

Many long-winged seabirds wheel and soar gracefully. Others are more shaped for underwater swimming and fly in direct lines, beating stubby wings to resemble flying potatoes. Some birds nest in burrows while others, like Black-legged Kittiwakes, nest on cliffs. Rather than build nests, guillemots lay eggs on bare rock ledges. The pointed shape of the eggs ensures they roll in a tight circle, not off the ledge to the sea below. The Shiant Islands are part of the Outer Hebrides and located between the Isles of Lewis and Skye. Historically, they have supported families of sheep grazers who could tolerate a lonely island outpost. The Shiants were known as the last place in Britain where the Black Rat occurred in substantial numbers. Originally introduced to Britain from Asia in Roman times these rodents caused problems, eating eggs and chicks of seabirds. A successful eradication program eliminated the rats in 2016, giving the seabird colonies well-earned peace.

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LONGYEARBYEN To DUBLIN
  • Departure
    Aug 01 2022
  • Duration
    26 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
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REYKJAVIK To DUBLIN
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    Aug 15 2022
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in Shiant Islands, Scotland

Kayak with Silversea Expedition team

The Shiant Islands offer a wonderful coastline you can admire from close joining our guides on the kayaks. As we paddle along the coast of the Shiant Islands, we will admire the spectacular geology of the place, with its dramatic dolerite columns. As we continue paddling, we will have the chance to encounter some of the different species are commonly seen here, like White-tailed Eagles, Atlantic Puffins, Common Guillemot and Gray seals.

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team

Get on a Zodiac and explore the coast of the Shiant islands, one of the most important breeding colonies for seabirds in Europe. These beautiful islands in the Hebrides, with their dramatic dolerite columns, offer an opportunity to learn about geology, and at the same time admire colonies of Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels, among other birds.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.