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Why is St Kilda so special?

The islands at the edge of the world

Key facts

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.


St. Kilda is one of the few places in the world with Dual World Heritage Status - awarded for its natural and cultural significance.


In 1930 the remaining 36 islanders asked to be evacuated because their way of life was no longer sustainable.


St Kilda is home to over 1 million nesting seabirds - Europe’s largest colony


A quarter of Britain and Ireland’s breeding Atlantic puffins are found on St Kilda


The numbers of black-legged kittiwakes have declined by 90% in the last 15 years


Did you know – A baby puffin is called a ‘puffling’


Did you know - St Kildan men developed large muscular feet and ankles over time due to constant rock climbing in search of eggs and birds. The image above shows a comparison between a St Kildan's (right) and a mainlander's feet (left)


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