Conachair and Village Bay, St Kilda
St Kilda is Scotland's most remote group of islands, situated 66km west of Benbecula. Britain's only double World Heritage Site for both its natural and cultural significance, a visit is an unforgettable experience; long day trips are available from Harris, Lewis and Skye. This walk climbs up to the summit of Conachair - the highest point on the archipelago and the rim of the UK's highest sea cliffs, site of spectacular bird colonies. It then returns to Village Bay to visit the remains of the remarkable community which survived here until 1930, when the last residents were evacuated at their own request.
Well-cropped grass with some boggy ground; the walk is pathless and very steep in places and the cliff edges dangerous. A track aids the descent back to Village Bay.
St Kilda can be reached by pre-booked boat trip from Uig on Skye, Leverburgh on Harris or Uig on Lewis.
Pier, Village Bay, Hirta, St Kilda.
Hillwalking in Winter
Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions, timings and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
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