The Islands of St Kilda are situated 41 miles due west of the small Island of Pabbay in the Sound of Harris. They are so well documented that they need little introduction. These dramatic volcanic islands boast the highest sea cliffs in the UK as well as being the single most important sea bird breeding station in North West Europe. Subsequently St. Kilda has been recognised as a Unesco double World Heritage Site due the islands historical & ecological significance.
In his 1697 publication, "Late voyage to St. Kilda" the travel writer Martin Martin recorded the Islands population as being between 180-200 people. The Island community owed much of their survival to their main diet of sea birds which were harvested from the surrounding sea cliffs. Over the next two hundred years, St. Kilda's population was ravaged by infant mortality, small pox and gradual depopulation; by 1930 the remaining 36 Islanders had petitioned the government to evacuate them from the Island.
St. Kilda is now owned and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland and during the summer season NTS have a warden in residence on the main Island Hirta.
A visit to these haunting Islands invariably leaves a lasting imprint on those lucky enough to experience first hand the incredible environment of St. Kilda, and is likely to be one that will never be forgotten.
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