We left the boat yard for St Kilda Murdo our Skipper deciding to make use of the weather. It was a long day arriving at Village Bay St Kilda about 0130 Tuesday morning. It was pretty rough journey at times but so worth it. We awoke to a sunny Village Bay St Kilda.
We were all tired but after breakfast were taken ashore where we were briefed by the Warden. We split up and had a wander through the village and then in the sun onto her hills. All the way passing the Cliets and views were impressive.
A cleit is a stone storage hut or bothy, uniquely found on the isles and stacs of St Kilda; whilst many are still to be found, they are slowly falling into disrepair. There are known to be 1,260 cleitean on Hirta and a further 170 on the other group islands.
Fragments of the past haunt these islands, now home to the UK’s largest colony of Atlantic puffins
- The UK’s only dual UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of only 39 in the world.
- Home to nearly 1 million seabirds, including the UK’s largest colony of Atlantic puffins.
- Evacuated on 29 August 1930 after the remaining 36 islanders voted to leave as their way of life was no longer sustainable.
- St Kilda has its own unique wren, as well as a sub-species of mouse which is twice the size of a British fieldmouse.
There is no place like St Kilda. Towering out of the storm-tossed waters of the Atlantic Ocean, its cliffs and sea stacks clamour with the cries of hundreds of thousands of seabirds.
Internationally recognised for its birdlife, St Kilda is no less famous for its human history. A community existed here for at least 4,000 years, exploiting the dense colonies of gannets, fulmars and puffins for food, feathers and oil.
The final 36 islanders were evacuated in 1930. Now uninhabited, visitors can brave the weather to sail to the ‘islands at the edge of the world’ for the experience of a lifetime.
We wandered along the ridge ambling our way in the sun stopping to see the views and the silence apart from the birds. Up to the Mistress stone. I scrambled up but felt the legs a bit funny after 3 days at sea you had to be careful.
We had lunch here and then headed to see the crash site of the Sunderland in Glenmore that killed all the crew. It crashed on the 7 th June 1944 killing all the crew who were buried at sea a few days later. Usually there are an abundance of Skuas but a fair amount have been found sadly dead. We did not see many today.
It was superb weather we wandered around enjoying our surrounds and so blessed to be here. We visited the wee honesty shop in the village then back for dinner. The weather was changing so Murdo decided to sail into the early hours after going past all the stacks. What a journey that was it was surreal with so many birds and the huge sea stacks so close by. We were all amazed by Murdo seamanship and the beauty we passed. It was over to soon and we set out for the mainland a 5 hour journey another late night.
Getting close to the stacks
It was a wild journey but Murdo got us there safely I was asleep as we berthed a change of location due to strong winds. Today we go to Little Bernara.
Lochaber – A friend in our Local History Society holds the record for the St Kilda Marathon (probably because no one else has run it).