A trip of a lifetime, a chance to visit and experience the heady beauty of the most Westerly and remote islands off the West coast of Scotland.
Subject to suitable weather conditions we will set sail for village bay. Be prepared for sights, sounds and emotions which few have enjoyed; whether walking the island or trying to imagine when standing on the abandoned main street amongst rows of semi-ruined cottages, what life must have been like in days gone by.
The diving is also spectacular and there a number of sights which will not disappoint.
“On 10 May 1930 the people of St Kilda sent a collective letter to William Adamson, the Secretary of State for Scotland, requesting that they should be evacuated from their home. By the end of August that year the evacuation was completed and the process of resettlement on the Scottish mainland had begun. The abandonment of St Kilda is sometimes described as one of the few occasions when the ending of a community has taken place in a voluntary fashion. We will see, however, that while the adult members of the St Kilda community came to a unanimous decision that it would be right to leave many of them were in fact reluctant to sign the letter. Behind the decision, moreover, lay a complex pattern of social changes over a long period of time that had transformed a stable and contented community into one that saw no future for itself.
St Kilda is a small group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It lies just over a hundred miles from the mainland of Scotland, and about 45 miles west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Hirte is easily the largest island, but even Hirte is only about two miles from east to west and about the same distance from north to south. The homes and crofts of the people of St Kilda were on Hirte, on the south east side of the island on a bay that came to be known as Village Bay. There are three other islands, and also a number of spectacular rock stacks. Two of the stacks, Stac Lee and Stac an Armin, close to the island of Boreray, rise from the sea to a height of almost two hundred metres”.
Come and join us on this amazing trip to remoteness personified with an historic feel to lift the hairs on the back of your neck.
See you on the main street!