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Sailing out of Leverburgh, Harris

Could eaily have tagged this in with the blog for Harris, but it really deserves it's own. Breathtaking and dramatic scenery that you would struggle to see anywhere else and a real sense of history.

Been to Harris many times before, but last year was first trip to St. Kilda. Now held for the nation by the National Trust for Scotland it's not hard to see why this place makes it as a world Heritage Site.

Did trip with Kilda Cruises who operate out of Leverburgh in South Harris. For anyone planning to do this one of the main factors to take into consideration is the weather. The boys that run the boats know the conditions and will cancel if the visability ( an important requirement for the trip) is going to be poor. Cancelled our first attempt on the Monday, but we managed to sail on the Thursday.

price wise it was a bit steep, but they have to take into consideration the number of times they will actually get to sea. It cost around £120 for adults and £90 for children.

Powerful launches take you out into the Atlantic and you start to see the outcrops sticking up out of the sea. Boats aren't allowed to land on the island, because of it's special nature reserve status, and they are frightened of any mice, rats or anyhting else disrupting the natural ecology.You have to tranfer into little dinghies to be ferried ashore.

Landing on the main island the captain of the boat took part in what is meant to be a traditional challenge of running up to the top of the hill ,which is almost entirely scree . Must have been fit as a butchers dog as there was no way I was doing it.

Leisurely stroll round the island and finding out the history really was enthralling. From the hardships faced by those who tried to eke out an existance on these rocks to the later use by the military . There is a warden from the National Trust and he is also the shop assisitant and opens it for about an hour  .

Set sail for return and went out among the stacs which just rise out of the sea. A real site to behold.

 

 

 

 

 

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