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)
St Kilda is the UK’s only World Heritage Site listed for both its unique cultural and natural heritage. With only 24 sites in the world holding dual status, St Kilda shares this designation with Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Athos in Greece.
As Scotland’s largest conservation charity we’ve acted as guardians of this magical place for 60 years. Now, 86 years after the last native St Kildans left, new threats are on the horizon. It’s our mission to make sure the cultural heritage they left behind, and the outstanding natural heritage, isn’t lost too.
Climate change and rising ocean temperatures are challenging the precious marine environment and the millions of nesting seabirds it sustains. Damaging storms are crashing into St Kilda’s stacs and cliffs, eroding archaeological treasures that are millennia old.
Did you know that we care for many of Scotland’s most treasured Islands?
From Staffa and Canna in the west to Fair Isle and Unst & Yell in the north, your support is vital to ensuring these unique islands and coastlines are preserved for the future. Many of these beautiful places aren’t easy to get to, so we’ve teamed up with Google so you can explore them on a virtual trek.