Promotion of the Site

The results of SNH’s underwater surveys were brought together into an attractive exhibition that has toured many parts of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. SNH has produced a video for sale that includes all the highlights of these recent surveys; versions are available with Gaelic or English commentaries, together with a series of six free posters that highlight the marine environment of the archipelago. More recently a further two free posters and postcards have been produced that celebrate all aspects of the St Kilda WHS experience. SNH also distributes to local Tourist Information Offices throughout the Outer Hebrides its colour, bilingual leaflet about the National Nature Reserve, and is currently producing a glossy booklet on the wildlife of St Kilda. They also recently subsidised the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club to publish the revised Birds of St Kilda by Stuart Murray, available to members and nonmembers alike. Local SNH staff provide illustrated lectures to local schools, visitors and community groups in the Western Isles and provide background information to a variety of students undertaking projects about the islands; every few years SNH-sponsored environmental competitions to local schools are themed on National Nature Reserves or St Kilda in particular.

The National Trust for Scotland is acutely aware of the difficulties people experience in getting to St Kilda, and helps facilitate access through its own cruises, and also by providing opportunities for people from 18 to 75 years old to participate in active conservation on the islands through the long-established St Kilda Work Parties. The Trust also facilitates the St Kilda Club (which exists to promote the conservation of the islands), and works in association with cruise ships and with local boat operators. All access opportunities are promoted through the Trust’s St Kilda website, but all means of visiting are inevitably expensive.

St Kilda Work Parties are heavily subsidised by the NTS, with support from Historic Scotland, but nevertheless cost participants in the region of £500 (around 750 euros) for the 16-day trip –which includes food and accommodation but excludes the cost of travel to and from Oban, the point of departure from the mainland.