St. Kilda, the outermost of the New Hebrides Islands, sustained people from about 4000 BC, living on seabird eggs, fish, and a few vegetables as well as sheep and cattle. There is a village of “Blackhouses”, named because the fire-pit was in the centre of the room and just a hole in the roof. So they were very black inside. The inhabitants of St. Kilda evacuated in 1930, so now there is only a military base, which we could not enter, and many feral sheep.

In the morning, the Ocean Endeavour came up very close to some of the bird islands close to St. Kilda. The captain did an outstanding job bringing the ship right in close. I’m not really a bird-watcher, or am I ( www.dobrucki.ca/am-i-a-birdwatcher )?

After lunch, we had a zodiac landing on the main island. We had a fabulous hike to the top of the cliff and spent the whole afternoon there, then hot-tub, beer and single-malt afterwards. This was starting to feel like a real Adventure Canada expedition. This is what I wanted. No tourist traps, tour guides or souvenir shops.

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Our route

Bird Islands off St. Kilda

Bird Islands off St. Kilda

Birdwatching

Bow of the Ocean Endeavour

This reminds me of the apes looking at the Monolith in Space Odyssey 2001

Bird Island off St. Kilda

St. Kilda

Hiking on St. Kilda

These stone corrals were built to keep the sheep away from crops.

These stone corrals were built to keep the sheep away from crops.

St. Kilda

Hiking on St. Kilda

Hiking on St. Kilda

St. Kilda

Abandoned cemetery on St. Kilda

The Ocean Endeavour

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