‘Remote Access’

Because St Kilda is so inaccessible to the majority of people who have an interest in it and would like to experience going there, The National Trust for Scotland, with funding from Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and others, has established a substantial and very well-received website: www.kilda.org.uk. There are links to these agencies and to the sheep study for instance, providing a wide range of information about the site and the researches. The site has been widely advertised and has become highly visible to web search engines, and thereby makes an enormous amount of information about St Kilda available to a global audience. Statistics from the site, established in January 2001, show that hundreds of people from all over the world visit every week.

The site is designed to give visitors a flavour of all aspects of the islands – natural history, built heritage, ethnology, and St Kilda today and its future. Different levels of information are available, and there are many links to other sites with content on St Kilda. A Guestbook records the reactions of visitors from every continent, and shows that people are being moved by the site and are being caught up with the fascination for the place. The website is under continuous development, and promises to bring more sights and sounds to its international audience. Major future developments include the provision of a Gaelic language version (the language of the St Kildans), and the production of a children’s section in conjunction with the nearest local school – some 80km (50 miles) away.

 

'St Kilda Explored' exhibit - Kelvingrove Musuem, 1995St Kilda Explored

The enormous interest in St Kilda was demonstrated in 1995-1996 when over 700,000 people were recorded to have visited the ‘St Kilda Explored’ exhibition in the Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow. Research for the exhibition was used as the basis of the current St Kilda website.