The small archipelago of St Kilda consists of five islands Hirta, Boreray, Soay, Dun and Levenish situated 40 miles west of the Hebrides.
The sheer cliffs rise 1300 feet from the water and are the highest seacliffs in the UK. The name may not refer to a saint but rather be a corruption of the Norse word skilder, shields, or alternatively of the name of the largest island, Hirta.
Boreray, St Kilda, from the sea.
Sheep are still grazing on this seemingly inaccessible rock. Stone-built cleitean were constructed on the top, which is accessible from slightly less precipitous slopes.
To the north-west of Galen-head within six leagues of it, lie the Flannan Islands.
The seamen call north-hunters. The Flannan Isle consist of six small islands and maintain about seventy sheep yearly.
The Flannan isle is known also for the mysterious disappearance at the Lighthouse
On December 1900, 3 lighthouse kepper vanished without trace. A party, sent out to investigate why the light was not lit, found an untouched meal on the table. The occurrence gained national publicity and became the inspiration for the poem by Wilson Wilfred Gibson “Flannan Isle.”
Near to the north-west promontory of Carlvay Bay [known to us as Loch Roag], called Galen-head, are the little islands of Pabbay, Shirem, Vacksay, Wuya, The Greater and the Lesser.
Pabbay Mor is an island located a few hundred metres off the shore from Valtos in Loch Roag.
The name, from the Norse, means Priest’s Island.
The smaller Pabbay Bheag is located to the north, opposite a spectacular lagoon.
There are numerous archaeological sites here including:
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