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“It's out of this world - and it's in the UK”
Review of St. Kilda

St. Kilda
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.

9  Thank blackbriony
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Reviewed October 23, 2009

The St. Kilda Archipelago is a truly magical place to set foot on. Well worth the 3 hour stomach churning boat trip that runs frequently from March-September. The buildings left behind by its last inhabitants are strung forlornly around the village bay on the main island of Hiort and the mist and low cloud that subdued our trip only accentuated the air of history and forgotten lives the weathered stone houses speak of. Hiort is surrounded by several smaller islands which are gigantic sea stacks jutting out of the Atlantic like primeval behemoths which are home to thousands of seabirds. It is an awe inspiring experience floating alongside these astonishing black cliffs and skies full of birds.

3  Thank islandb0y
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Reviewed June 24, 2007

If you have good sea-legs you must make this trip. This group of islands is like no other and their history will haunt you, charm you and leave you in awe at their beauty. As you leave, prepare to feel the sadness of the people who lived there until the 1930s and then were evacuated. Kilda Cruises of Harris take you there safely, Angus is a wonderful captain and an excellent seaman. His wife bakes delicious cakes! Just go!

4  Thank Ab_roody
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Reviewed October 20, 2006

After years of dreaming I, along with friends and family, were lucky enough to go ashore on Hirta (part of the St. Kilda archipelago of islands forming the most westerly part of the British Isles).

The history of this island evacuated in the 1930s along with its dual World Heritage Site status makes it a place many want to visit. But for so many across the globe it is a place of family history or connection.

The island is formidable (often inaccessible even in summer), making it even more attractive. Permission is needed to go ashore but we went with Kilda Cruises (Angus and The Orce) from Leverburh in Harris and they sort all that out for you.

It is impossible to capture for you the magic of such a place. We were all touched by it, but a lot of us have ancestry from the Scottish islands.

4  Thank Buzzinhornet
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Reviewed June 9, 2017
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2  Thank arianeStLunaire
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