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“St Kilda”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of St. Kilda

Ranked #63 of 262 things to do in The Hebrides
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Alloa
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“St Kilda”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

Truly fabulous experience, and if you get the chance, just go! Kilda Cruises from Leverburgh are highly recommended, although it's a long sea trip, so do take sea sickness tablets if you're not a good traveller. I have been around boats all my life, and this was the one time I have ever been sea sick.The boat was warm and very comfortable, and the home baking and wee dram at the end was such a thoughtful touch. Malcolm was so knowledgeable. Although the island of Hirta was everything I imagined, the arrival in the bay, and the trip around the stacs after was simply jaw-dropping.

Visited June 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“sky and sea of seabirds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

Thousands of puffins on the sea bed and on land.
Gannets, fulmar Shags to name but a few an area of outstanding natural beauty.
There are a few organised trips from the Isle of Harris close by.
Best to book in advance.
They ask you to be available over two days, due to the weather then text you before advising the best day.
Mixed world heritage site for birds, marine life also cultural. the area had small pyramid type Cleits all over the island.
Best to visit this wonder soon. Harris may soon have automised industrialised fish farms installed. That could endanger this site. If you feel the urge to protect this area visit facebook and sign petition buzz save the Bays of Harris. http://tinyurl.com/6758xuv

Visited July 2011
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Tonbridge
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“One of the remotest parts of the UK”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2011

We went to St Kilda on a 57 foot boat holding only seven people and were lucky that the weather was relatively good. In fact when we arrived it was their first sunny day in two months. It is not safe to anchor in the bay during bad weather and, should the wind and sea become fierce, one must move to the open sea in the lee of the island and wait out the storm.

This is an excellent trip for anyone interested in birds and wildlife as we saw dolphins and a whale on the way and once there one can see the rocky stacks turned white by hundreds of thousands of gannets, be spat at by the fulmers, duck the arctic skuas and observe the Kilda wren, something only possible here.

The only bar available was the NAAFI and we spent the night on the boat in the bay but were very interested to see the village abandoned before the Second World War when the last permanent inhabitants headed for the relative civilisation of the Outer Hebrides.

No one who suffers from sea sickness would be advised to go to St Kilda but if you want to say that you have been to the remotest part of the UK, this is the place.

Visited July 2010
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Leeds
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“Thought provoking, eerie, beautiful environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2010

Went with Seatrek (strongly recommend) and the friendliness of Judi and Ian were welcome. You must take seasick tablets, its a long journey in a small boat in sometime rough seas but so very much worth it. The unbelievable power of the sight of the stacks and gannets to arriving in the port of the Island. Shame about the MOD buildings on the site as they spoil a beautiful remote landscape. The warder was very informative and told us what to cover. The high street was fascinating, the houses so small you wonder how people lived there for so long. The house where the lady who had left in 1930 and came back to visit 50 years later does uplift you. Walking upto the gap for the view is amazing. The stacks called at on the way back are amazing to see and you wonder how they climbed those without ropes or assistance. Fascinating place

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“It's out of this world - and it's in the UK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2010

I'd been wanting to visit St Kilda for 40 years. This year, having retired and having the time for a little adventure, I shared that hope with 3 friends who decided on the spot they would come along for the ride - and what a ride. The day we went over on Seumas's 12-passenger boat from Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris was foggy but that only added to the other-worldly atmosphere of main island Hirta and, especially, the stacs. Walking among the old houses and the cleits - but not getting too close to nesting fulmars on the turf roofs for fear of their projectile vomiting of fishy bile - gave us a good impression of the fragile lifestyle of the islanders. Theirs was a tiny world, a harsh environment of work and privation, and yet the culture lasted for many centuries, until the comforts of the more modern world just 45 miles away began to become clear to them. I'd recommend this trip to anyone seeking out a singular travel experience, to a place that is in the UK and yet always very much on its own.

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