is actually not one but a group of five islands. Their
names are Hirta, Soay, Boreray, Dun and Levenish (there
are also two large rocks – or sea stacks –
close to Boreray called Stac an Armin and Stac Lee.)
It lies 66 kilometres (or 41 miles)
west of Benbecula in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.
St Kilda's name is very interesting
because there is no Saint called Kilda and there are
many stories as to how this island group might have
got its name.
One story is that the main island, which is called Hirta
or Hirte, was pronounced by the St Kildan people as
Hilta, or almost Kilta. So it is easy to imagine that
early visitors to the islands might have heard Kilta
or Kilda and even maybe St Kilda.
- The highest cliffs in the UK (over 400 metres high),
which continue underwater to make …
- The 'highest' underwater cliffs
in the UK with amazing reefs and caves supporting incredible
- During the summer, the largest
seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic ocean with
nearly one million birds
How long does it take to
- By Helicopter from Benbecula - about 20 minutes
- By boat from Harris - about 2-3
- By boat from Oban and Mallaig -
it varies from between 17 hours to 4 days depending
on the weather!
Look at a map of Scotland yourself
and see if you can find St Kilda on it!