St Kilda an Introduction

Provident Sails back in Time

Voyages to St Kilda

Originally settled by humans between four and five thousand years ago, St Kilda’s distance from the rest of the Outer Hebrides allowed for the development of a unique style of self-sufficient island life, that remained much preserved until the archipelago’s eventual abandonment in 1930.

The old feudal Celtic community of St. Kilda was gradually destroyed by the influence the Anglo Saxons from the mainland but the morning “Parliament” persisted. Every morning the men folk would meet on the Village Street and decide what had to be done that day and who would do it.

Since its abandonment, St Kilda has become a nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a wonderful and sometimes eerie place to visit.

Walking the derelict street in the village on Hirta is a must (the Museum resides at No. 3), as are visiting the seabird colonies. The gannets, puffins and fulmars, once caught for food in their thousands, now have the run of the place.

Sailing here from Oban is a once in a lifetime adventure, and a passage takes in many of the other staggeringly beautiful Hebridean islands en route, each with its own individual charm and rich history.

More information on St Kilda

Provident is setting out for St Kilda twice in 2023, and these voyages are booking up fast.

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