St Kilda & Flannan Isles

Inhabited since prehistoric times and finally abandoned in 1930, the St Kilda archipelago lies in the Atlantic Ocean 100 miles off the UK mainland and 40 miles beyond the Outer Hebrides ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Scotland ).

The Flannan Isles are a group of small islands west of Lewis. Visited and occasionally populated since the 8th century, they were abandoned in 1971 when the lighthouse was automated. The mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers in 1900 assures the Isles their place in Scottish folklore ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannan_Isles ).


In 2010 we flew a series of sightseeing flights to the archipelago and one to the Flannan Isles…..an experience made all the more unique by the varying weather.


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First view of the St Kilda archipelago
Hirta
Hirta
Hirta
Soay
First glimpse of the village on Hirta
Village on Hirta
Village on Hirta
Village on Hirta
Boreray & Stac an Armin
St Kilda archipelago
Benbecula
Approaching St Kilda archipelago in clear weather
Hirta, Loch Hiort & the village
Hirta, Loch Hiort & the village
Hirta, Loch Hiort & the village
Stac an Armin, Stac Lee & Boreray
St Kilda archipelago
St Kilda archipelago
Stac Lee
Stac an Armin & Stac Lee
Boreray with Stacs
Hirta - Conachair & Mullach Mor
Hirta - Loch Hiort, the village & Oiseval
Hirta - Mullach Bi
Soay, Stac Biorach, Stac Shoalgh & Hirta
Soay, Stac Biorach, Stac Shoalgh, Boreray & Hirta
First view of the Flannan Isles
Flannan Isles
Flannan Isles - lighthouse on Eilean Mor
Flannan Isles - Roaireim, Brona Cleit & Eilean a' Gobha with Eilean Taighe & Eilean Mor in the distance 
Rock arch of Roaireim & Brona Cleit
Flannan Isles - Eilean Taighe & Eilean Mor
Flannan Isles
Flannan Isles - lighthouse on Eilean Mor