St Kilda World Heritage Site

The St Kilda Archipelago is situated over 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  The archipelago consists of islands and sea stacs that rise almost vertically out of the sea to form some of the highest sea cliffs and stacs in Europe.  In a sheltered bay on the main island of Hirta lie the ruins of the village abandoned in 1930.  The islands support the largest seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic.

St Kilda is Scotland’s only World Heritage Site recognised for both its natural beauty and cultural significance.

        Village Bay, Hirta


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St Kilda


The importance of St Kilda

St Kilda supports the largest seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic and is the largest gannet colony in the world.

Village Bay, High Street

St Kilda on Record

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) holds extensive original records for 300 years of St Kilda’s history up to the present day.

The Scottish Ten

''The project data could be used to deliver 3D virtual tours & interactive exhibits of the island’s cultural heritage. We want to be able to tell the story of the people who lived on St Kilda, via digital reconstructions and visualisations''

Lyn Wilson, Scottish Ten Project Manager