Life on St Kilda
A series of diaries from the NTS archive offer fascinating insight into life on the archipelago. Alice MacLachlan, wife of the Minister on the remote Outer Hebridean island writes about her life from 1906 to 1909.Find out more »
Sometimes described as ‘the islands at the edge of the world’, the archipelago of St Kilda is located 41 miles west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Formed from the rim of an ancient volcano, it is the remotest part of the British Isles.
Comprising four islands – Hirta, Soay, Boreray and Dun – as well as several sea stacks, St Kilda is truly spectacular. It is one of only 29 global locations to be awarded ‘mixed’ World Heritage Status in recognition of both its natural and cultural significance.
Now uninhabited, St Kilda was home to a community who survived the inhospitable conditions here for thousands of years before the final 36 people were evacuated in 1930.
Today, it is the most important seabird breeding station in north-west Europe.
St Kilda is not an easy place to visit. To help you explore the archipelago we've created a Virtual Tour.
Destination St Kilda
In 1885 Aberdeen photographers George Washington Wilson and Norman Macleod set out to travel through the Western Isles to St Kilda. They took many photographs along the way and their collection of pictures, From Oban to Skye and the …