St Kilda | About the area
World Heritage Site
Latitude: 57° 49'n / Longitude: 8° 34'w
St Kilda is one of the few places in the world with Dual World Heritage Status - awarded for its natural and cultural significance. Set amid rough seas, and 66 kilometres west of the Outer Hebrides, this archipelago is the most remote part of the British Isles.
The last inhabitants of St Kilda left in 1930 but it is still home to Soay sheep (a rare breed), and has its own sub-species of fieldmouse and wren. Nowadays, work parties undertake conservation work in summer months, and a designated ranger/naturalist monitors its flora and fauna.
Open Virtual World | Impressions of St Kilda
A word from National Trust Scotland
Without doubt, St Kilda is one of the most beautiful and beguiling places in our care.
Situated on the western approaches to the British Isles from the North Atlantic, St Kilda is one of only 32 places in the world awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status for both natural and cultural heritage. In this one place, 66 km out to sea from the nearest landfall, the long-playing stories of geology, wildlife and human culture have integrated in the most dramatic ways possible.
St Kilda's islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray possess the highest sea cliffs and stacs in Britain. These majestic faces and towers of rock loom over boiling seas and are home to one of the largest colony of gannets in the world. More than one in every hundred gannets on the entire planet is to be found nesting here and they are just one of 17 species of seabird that come to St Kilda every spring and summer to breed.
We are delighted to support the St Kilda Yacht Challenge, as this presents a unique opportunity for competitors to approach and take in views of the archipelago that would have be very similar to those seen by the people who lived there for thousands of years until 1930.
St Kilda is a dramatic backdrop to what promises to be one of the most exciting and unique events in the yachting calendar.