Tamura Posted July 1, 2021 Share Posted July 1, 2021 I did try and look for the old thread but it appears to have gone AWOL. Obviously international travel can be risky right now due to quarantine rules changing while you're on holidays, but there's still plenty to see in this country. I could pretend I'm being responsible and not travelling abroad needlessly and have decided to stay in the UK, but I'd be lying since this trip was actually booked all the way back in 2019 but last year's trip got postponed for obvious reasons. Possibly one of the most difficult places to get to in the UK (except for Rockall), it's in the Atlantic Ocean about another forty miles northwest of the rest of the Outer Hebrides. To get there you have to go on a trip organised by various tour companies who operate in the Hebrides, the ones I've found run trips from Skye or Lewis and Harris. You can only go beteen April and September (possibly late March and early October too), as the weather is considered too bad for a good chance of actually being able to get to St Kilda. St Kilda is an archipegal of several islands and sea stacks, the biggest island Hirta was continuously inhabited for centuries before all the remaining inhabitants were evacuated at their own request in 1930 as the dwindling population was making life too difficult. Since then there's been no permanent residents, although there are some scientists and National Trust volunteers that stay there for brief periods, plus there's a missile tracking station run by the army too. But apart from that, it's uninhabited. Except for the millions of sea birds that nest on the islands, and some sheep. If you're into abandoned things, it's a great place to go. Plus I get to spend a few days on the Isle of Skye too, which is a big tourist attraction in its own right. Anyone else going anywhere good this year? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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