St Kilda

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St Kilda is the westernmost of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, and is arguably geographically separate enough to be considered a separate archipelago rather than part of that chain. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

There are St Kildas in the New World: in Melbourne, Dunedin and Adelaide.

St Kilda was evacuated in 1930. Currently the only residents are the Warden and an Army camp (including civilian contractors) giving a total population well under 50. Around 2,000 people visit St Kilda each year.

St Kilda is actually a set of islands but everything here is about the main island, Hirta. The other islands Dun, Soay and Boreray are uninhabited and rarely visited by travellers.

For a map of St Kilda, try or use the historic maps from The National Library of Scotland.

Get in

St Kilda archipelago

It is recommended not to visit the island on Tuesday or Friday, because they are supply days.

Unless you own an ocean going boat, you will be visiting in an organised party, as there is no scheduled transport. The crossing can be rough, and is only sensible in calm weather. The options are:

Get around

Cleit above Village Bay

The only way to explore the island is on foot. As the island is only about 4 miles long, everywhere on it is reachable in a day, though the slopes up to the main ridge are steep. The total length of paved road is about 1 mile. The walk along the main ridge has some of the most breathtaking views in Britain.


Before visiting St Kilda you will probably want to read one of the guidebooks dedicated to the islands. Main things to see:


Souvenirs may be available occasionally from either the Warden or the leader of Work Parties.


There are no eating facilities open to the public.


There are no facilities open to the public. The Puff Inn inside the army camp used to be open to visitors, but no longer.


The only accommodation on the islands is a very small campsite, which can only house six people. If travelling on a private boat it would be much wiser to spend the night on the boat. Should you wish to use the campsite you must make a reservation with The National Trust for Scotland.

The Work Parties sleep in dormitories in restored houses in village bay.

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