For most people a trip to St Kilda involves a long journey across the mainland followed by a boat trip on hopefully calm seas. NTS staff are lucky enough to travel by helicopter from Benbecula. This meant I didn't have far to go since I live just over the road from the airport!
Benbecula airport is positioned within metres of a long stretch of beach so immediately upon leaving the runway I had amazing views of the coast.
The hilltops of Hirta soon appeared out of the haze....
...and it wasn't long before the familiar landmarks and other islands were clearly visible.
Twenty minutes after leaving Benbecula I arrived at Village Bay ready to start my fourth season surveying seabirds for the NTS.