How do I get to St Kilda? To get to St Kilda you need to book with a specialised tour operator. Day trips are available with Sea Harris on Harris, Kilda Cruises on Harris and Sea Trek on Lewis. There are also longer cruises to St Kilda available from Island Cruising on Lewis, Wilderness Scotland and Northern Light Charters. It is also possible to apply to join a National Trust for Scotland (NTS) work party for 2 weeks between May and June each year. They complete general maintenance tasks around the island.
How do I get around St Kilda? On foot. There are no roads on St Kilda, but there are pathways and guided walks to follow. There is also a Ranger on St Kilda who meets all visitors who arrive by boat.
What's worth visiting on St Kilda? St Kilda is actually an archipelago and consists of Hirta (the main island), Soay, Boreray, Dun, Stac An Armin, Stac Lee and Stac Levenish. The main attraction on Hirta is Village Bay. This was where the previous occupants used to live before the evacuation in 1930. It is possible to visit the School, Church and Feather Store. There is also a Museum with a permanent exhibition of St Kildan Life. There are also various archaeological sites worth discovering around the island including a possible burial structure dating from the Bronze Age. The other main islands in the St Kilda group, Soay and Boreray, are also worth visiting, although it is very difficult to land. Difficult to miss on the island are Soay sheep, a unique primitive breed dating back to the Bronze Age. Also worth visiting is The Lover's Stone, where St Kildan men balanced on the edge to prove their prowess on the rocks and hence their ability to support a family.
Where can I stay on St Kilda? if you are on one of the working parties, there is accommodation provided in male and female dormotories in the restored houses in Village Street. There is no other accommodation for visitors on the island except for a small campsite with room for a maximum of 6 people. Visitors may stay for up to 5 nights. They have shared use of an ablutions block with showers and toilets and access to a drinking water quality water supply, there is no access to an electricity supply, except by prior arrangement. Booking is essentialand to check availabilty you will need to contact the National Trust for Scotland.
Are there any books/DVD's about St Kilda? Island on the edge of the world by Charles Maclean, Britain's Lost World - Story of St Kilda (DVD), The Life and Death of St Kilda by Tom Steel, The St Kilda Story/Wildlife of St Kilda (DVD), St Kilda: A Journey to the end of the World by Campbell McCutcheon, The truth about St Kilda by Donald Gillies
Any other information on St Kilda? St Kilda is one of the UK’s most important heritage sites. It is the UK’s only Mixed World Heritage Site, renowned for both its outstanding natural and cultural heritage. There are only 25 sites in the world with both natural and cultural listing status.
Other remote islands: See pages for Belnahua, Flannan Isles, Little Cumbrae, Staffa and Treshnish Isles