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St Kilda Archipeligo, Hirta and Boreray 19th June 2005

On the afternoon of 18th June we left Barra for the St Kilda Archipeligo arriving in Village Bay at 0630 on the 19th June after sailing 80 miles. We slept for several hours and then disembarked by dingy to Hirta, the main island. Unfortunately the weather was overcast but it was just a pleasure and priviledge to be there at all! These photos are a record of our visit to these remarkable islands.

I hope you enjoy these photos and might visit St Kilda yourselves!
A fascinating online insight into life on St Kilda may be seen at the Glasgow University Digital Archives. A book entitled 'With Nature and a Camera' chapters 1-3 contains many photos and a wonderful text written in 1897 by one Richard Kearton. Please have a read!!

See the national Trust for Scotland website for full information: http://www.kilda.org.uk/
Cultural heritage of St Kilda: http://www.kilda.org.uk/kildanomdoc/level3p17.htm
Cleitean of St Kilda: http://www.pierreseche.com/cleitean_of_saint-kilda.htm
Film of St Kilda from 1928: http://www.movinghistory.ac.uk/archives/ss/films/ss2kilda.html
Poem: http://www.patchword.com/original/anthology/leaving_nb.html
Neonatal tetanus: http://www.rcpe.ac.uk/journal/issue/journal_38_1/stride.pdf
A great book if you can get it! http://www.amazon.co.uk/An-Isle-Called-Hirte-St-Kilda/dp/1899272038#_

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Barra International Airport
Barra International Airport
Tom, John and Alastair
Tom, John and Alastair
First sighting of Hirta
First sighting of Hirta
First view of Boreray and Stac Lee
First view of Boreray and Stac Lee
......and Levenish
......and Levenish
Dun and Village Bay open up
Dun and Village Bay open up
Admiralty Chart for Hirta and Soay
Admiralty Chart for Hirta and Soay
Admiralty Chart for Boreray
Admiralty Chart for Boreray
From Clyde Cruising Club directions
From Clyde Cruising Club directions
Village Bay
Village Bay
Looking up 'main street' (crop)
Looking up 'main street' (crop)
Looking up 'main street'
Looking up 'main street'
Another view
Another view
Inside a cleit
Inside a cleit
Another view
Another view
Shaubau's map of 1860
Shaubau's map of 1860
Story behind Cleits
Story behind Cleits
Main Street looking towards water tanks
Main Street looking towards water tanks
Wind of gare in village bay
Wind of gare in village bay
Dry stone wall
Dry stone wall
Soay sheep
Soay sheep
Tiers of Cleits and the head wall
Tiers of Cleits and the head wall
Soay sheep moulting!
Soay sheep moulting!
Playing hard to get
Playing hard to get
Souterrain
Souterrain
Fern within
Fern within
Stream
Stream
Memorial to Flora Gillies
Memorial to Flora Gillies
Love birds
Love birds
Stream to west of village
Stream to west of village
Main Street with head dyke
Main Street with head dyke
Alastair, John and Tom
Alastair, John and Tom
Dun from main street
Dun from main street
Looking back
Looking back
Cleit with head dyke and village
Cleit with head dyke and village
Head dyke
Head dyke
Cleit and village area
Cleit and village area
Cleit on Mullach Mor with Dun beyond
Cleit on Mullach Mor with Dun beyond
Village showing burial ground
Village showing burial ground
Cleit and main street
Cleit and main street
Village Bay
Village Bay
Oiseval and Village Bay
Oiseval and Village Bay
Stream under head dyke
Stream under head dyke
Cleitean
Cleitean
Cleitean and Dun
Cleitean and Dun
Cleit with head wall
Cleit with head wall
Black House ruin
Black House ruin
Cleit with a view
Cleit with a view
Cleitean looking west
Cleitean looking west
Alastair with cleitean
Alastair with cleitean
Main Street looking west
Main Street looking west
Ragged Soay sheep
Ragged Soay sheep
Insde a long cleit
Insde a long cleit
The story of the Kirk Bell and the S.S. Janet Cowan
The story of the Kirk Bell and the S.S. Janet Cowan
Church window
Church window
Relaxing Soay sheep
Relaxing Soay sheep
Gun Dun
Gun Dun
Boreray is 4 miles away
Boreray is 4 miles away
Stac Lee and Boreray
Stac Lee and Boreray
Stac Lee
Stac Lee
Stac an Armin appears
Stac an Armin appears
Stac Lee always looks very mean
Stac Lee always looks very mean
Stac an Armin with Boreray
Stac an Armin with Boreray
Close up of Stac Lee
Close up of Stac Lee
North West side of Boreray
North West side of Boreray
The northern end of Boreray
The northern end of Boreray
No Passage 'even for boats'!!
No Passage 'even for boats'!!
Ragged
Ragged
Stac an Armin from the north-west
Stac an Armin from the north-west
Stac an Armin from the north
Stac an Armin from the north
Stac an Armin from the north 2
Stac an Armin from the north 2
Close-up
Close-up
Fancy landing chaps?
Fancy landing chaps?
No go zone
No go zone
No go zone 2
No go zone 2
Top of Stac an Armin
Top of Stac an Armin
Boreray Gannets
Boreray Gannets
Boreray Gannets 2
Boreray Gannets 2
Nesting Gannets on Stac an Armin
Nesting Gannets on Stac an Armin
Close-up of nesting sites
Close-up of nesting sites
Gannet
Gannet
Gannet with seaweed
Gannet with seaweed
Gannet 2
Gannet 2
Stac Lee hoves into view as we compl,ete the circumnavigation
Stac Lee hoves into view as we compl,ete the circumnavigation
Grey Seal at the Monach Isles
Grey Seal at the Monach Isles
Technological proof we went to St Kilda
Technological proof we went to St Kilda
Sunset at the Monach Isles
Sunset at the Monach Isles
Heading to Berneray
Heading to Berneray
Sunset Berneray
Sunset Berneray
Berneray fishing boat
Berneray fishing boat
Track from Berneray to Rona
Track from Berneray to Rona
Highland Moooo!
Highland Moooo!
Isn't he handsome (she actually!)
Isn't he handsome (she actually!)
So's she!
So's she!
Who needs Tiger fur......
Who needs Tiger fur......
Was this before she tried to eat my camera gear?
Was this before she tried to eat my camera gear?
Threatening
Threatening
Rona neighbour
Rona neighbour
Kyle of Lochalsh Lighthouse
Kyle of Lochalsh Lighthouse
Making to Kyle Rhea
Making to Kyle Rhea
Speeding up....
Speeding up....
.....to 12 knots!
.....to 12 knots!
Kyle Rhea
Kyle Rhea
...and again!
...and again!
Tanking down the Sound of Sleat
Tanking down the Sound of Sleat
Towards Loch Nevis
Towards Loch Nevis
Lie back and relax
Lie back and relax
John in cheerie mood
John in cheerie mood
Ring of bright water
Ring of bright water
Wind of Gare in Sandaig
Wind of Gare in Sandaig
Mussels for the pot!
Mussels for the pot!
Wind of Gare in Sandaig
Wind of Gare in Sandaig
CamusfeÓrna
CamusfeÓrna
Stream at CamusfeÓrna
Stream at CamusfeÓrna
And again....
And again....
And again..............
And again..............
....................and again??
....................and again??
Towards Eigg
Towards Eigg
Towards Kyle Rhea
Towards Kyle Rhea
Wind of Gare at Sandaig
Wind of Gare at Sandaig
View of CamusfeÓrna
View of CamusfeÓrna
CamusfeÓrna and bay
CamusfeÓrna and bay
W of G
W of G
Towards Kyle Rhea 2
Towards Kyle Rhea 2
Flowers
Flowers
Sand and bay
Sand and bay
Towards Loch Hourn
Towards Loch Hourn
Helensburgh Sailing Club Burgee
Helensburgh Sailing Club Burgee
Isle Ornsay lighthouse
Isle Ornsay lighthouse
Speedy water
Speedy water
Sgurr of Eigg
Sgurr of Eigg
Towards Loch Nevis
Towards Loch Nevis
Eda Fransen at home
Eda Fransen at home
Track to Loch Nevis
Track to Loch Nevis
Neighbour
Neighbour
Sunset light
Sunset light
Loch Nevis sunset
Loch Nevis sunset
Rhum sunset
Rhum sunset
Loch Nevis sunset 2
Loch Nevis sunset 2
Loch Nevis sunset 3
Loch Nevis sunset 3
Hill light
Hill light
From Loch Nevis to Rhum at sunset
From Loch Nevis to Rhum at sunset
Mallaig - don't try to raft up!
Mallaig - don't try to raft up!
Glenfinnan from the train to Fort William
Glenfinnan from the train to Fort William
Another shot of Glenfinnan
Another shot of Glenfinnan
Caledonian Canal entrance
Caledonian Canal entrance
Caledonian Canal
Caledonian Canal
St Kilda chartlet
St Kilda chartlet
The erratic route we took!
The erratic route we took!
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