St Kilda is a dream destination for many people visiting Scotland. It might be on the bucket list of anyone who ‘collects’ World Heritage Sites and those looking for a birdwatching paradise destination, but also anyone who is longing for a chance to shake free from modern life.
Lying out in the Atlantic, 41 miles west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, a trip to St Kilda is a unique experience that makes you feel the magic and solitude of this place. Formed from the rim of an ancient volcano, it is the remotest part of the British Isles.
This archipelago was one home to Britain’s most isolated community and while today it is uninhabited, it remains home to one of the world’s largest colonies of northern gannets, totalling around 30,000. It’s also home to over 1 million nesting seabirds – Europe’s largest colony, and, interestingly, a quarter of Britain and Ireland’s breeding Atlantic puffins are found on St Kilda. A paradise for birdwatching lovers!
If there weren’t enough reason to make you want to visit this stunning part of Scotland, St Kilda is the UK’s only World Heritage Site listed for both its unique cultural and natural heritage, and it shares this status with only 24 other sites in the world, including Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Athos in Greece.