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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