tecla on st kilda

Ullapool – St Kilda – Ullapool

Depending on wind a plan will be made to get to St Kilda. Not necessarily an easy job. St Kilda is an island group situated outside the protective circle of Outer Hebrides. The whole of the Atlantic ends on these islands. Which makes them so unique and one of those places you just have to visit! St Kilda was once inhabited by a population of 75 to 80 people. They maintained the island, kept small sheep and some cattle to live from, but mainly kept busy searching for Puffineggs.

In 1930 the population had shrunk to 36 people and so the complete community left the island as food was scares and boat connection unreliable. Now you can only visit the islands by boat. On the islands there are still some of the Soay sheep left. But mainly the islands is inhabited by Puffins, Northern Gannets, Leach Petrels and many more birds.

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From Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Scotland

“The entire archipelago is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It became one of Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites in 1986 and is one of the few in the world to hold joint status for its natural and cultural qualities. Parties of volunteers work on the islands in the summer to restore the many ruined buildings that the native St Kildans left behind.”

The information on Wikipedia goes on describing the rise and fall of the villages throughout the centuries, until they were abandoned in 1930. What was left were the ruins of the houses and the wildlife. On the islands now, you will find one of the worlds biggest bird colonies. Puffins, Northern Gannets, Fulmars and Petrels, have now taken over the island. Other then birds, there is the Soay Sheep, believed to be one of the earliest sheep, left on the island after the people left.

World Herritage

“ St Kilda is of exceptional natural beauty and supports significant natural habitats. It is unique in the very high bird densities that occur in a relatively small area which is conditioned by the complex and different ecological niches existing in the site. There is also a complex ecological dynamic in the three marine zones present in the site that is essential to the maintenance of both marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

The cultural landscape of St Kilda is an outstanding example of land use resulting from a type of subsistence economy based on the products of birds, agriculture and sheep farming; reflecting age-old traditions. The built structures and field systems, the cleits and the traditional stone houses of the Highlands bear testimony to over two millennia of human occupation of distant land in extreme conditions.”

sailing to st kilda with sun setting
Adventure while sailing the tecla

St Kilda is one of our main destinations in these two voyages. It is a mysterious and hard to reach places, beyond the outer Hebrides. A good 40 miles west of the sound of Harris, surrounded by foggy myths it is a prime destination for the adventurous sailor. But what to do when the weather takes a turn for the worst? Sailing from Ullapool the outer Hebrides are our first stop on the way to Hirta (the main Island of the St Kilda archipelago) If we are being held back by the north Atlantic weather the Bishop Isles are a perfect way to see more of Scotland’s marvels!  Mingulay is known amongst other things as the “nearby St Kilda”.  Geographically closer to civilization, but none the less equally isolated. Mingulay’s cause of isolation was not the vastness of the ocean but more so the absence of a save landing place, vital to bring in the necessary stores and the occasional visit of the priest.

relax while the tecla is sailing to your next destination

Legends – Macphee, the rent collector that was left on a deserted island, Mingulay

When the Islands where owned by MacNeil off Barra one day a rent collector by the name of Macphee was dropped off at Mingulay Bay. To his great horror he found every one dead. He rushed back to the landing site and called out to the boats men to pick him up for he feared the residents were victims of the plague. On hearing this the oarsmen rowed for their lives and left Macphee for dead. A whole year poor Macphee lived by himself with only the corpses as sad company. Every day he would climb what is now known as Macphee’s hill and wave at passing ships. The only response was a friendly wave back.

2 voyages to St Kilda and Outer Hebrides

15 - 25 years old €770 or €984 25>years old €945 or €1080

23 -29 of April or 30 April - 7 of May